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Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charles Beck flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, answers questions during a news conference of the joint task force announcing the apprehension of a prime suspect Harry Burkhart in a series of 53 blazes in the Los Angeles Area, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Photo by: Gus Ruelas
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charles Beck flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, answers questions during a news conference of the joint task force announcing the apprehension of a prime suspect Harry Burkhart in a series of 53 blazes in the Los Angeles Area, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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