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article imageHollywood arson case turns to Canada

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 7, 2012 in Crime
Los Angeles - Not only is arson suspect Harry Burkhart charged with 37 felony counts for the Hollywood fires, officials in Canada are now taking a closer look.
According the the Los Angeles Times, the case has progressed and now includes fires in Vancouver. Burkhart, they note, lived in Vancouver before moving to Los Angeles.
They are reporting that they do not yet know if he was living in Canada at the time of the fires in Vancouver.
Lindsey Houghton, Vancouver Police Department spokesman, said officials "have begun to liaise with the LAPD." The L.A. Times noted that Vancouver officials have not connected Burkhart to any fires in that city.
As the case continues, it was also confirmed that German prosecutors were investigating Burkhart for arson and insurance fraud in its country. And he flew from Frankfurt to Las Vegas shortly after the blaze there.
Meanwhile, his mother, Dorothy Burkhart, was detained by authorities on a warrant in Germany, states the L.A. Times. She was scheduled to appear in Los Angeles court Friday.
It was an earlier courtroom appearance that may have triggered the arson outburst. The Times reports that he was furious over his mother's first appearance dealing with her extradition. That was Dec. 29.
Also, back in Sept. 2007 the suspect's mother escaped pretrial detention, it was discovered. She escaped through a window while at a hospital. She was there after she complained of heart problems, according to German public defender, Michael Koch.
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