24-year-old arrested in Los Angeles arson spree
It was another night of firefighters scrambling across the nation’s second largest city to snuff out a series of arson attacks when a tip came in about a German man who matched the description of someone with a shoulder-length ponytail captured on a surveillance video near where a car fire was reported.
Five hours later Harry Burkhart was pulled over by a reserve sheriff’s deputy who works for $1 a year and later booked for investigation of arson of an inhabited dwelling. Since the arrest, firefighters have not responded to any other suspicious fires.
While the investigation is ongoing - authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility that others may be involved - Burkhart’s arrest was a measure of relief to anxious residents who had grown fearful after several nights of seemingly random blazes