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    Thu, Jan 3, 2019 - Arson Arrest


    January 4,2019
    Saul Rodriguez, Lieutenant 
    (310) 458-2293 

    Santa  Monica,  CA–Over  the  last  several  weeks,the  Santa Monica  Police  Department  (SMPD)  has  been  investigating  a series of arson related trash can fires.  The incidents occurred on December 22, 2018 and January 1 and 3,2019.

    On January 3, 2019 at about 5:20 p.m. officers responded to a radio  call for  service  of  a  trash  can fire  in an  alley  of  the  2800 block of Montana Avenue.  Santa Monica Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. 

    SMPD  Detectives  and  SMFD  Arson  Investigators  responded  for  an  investigation. During  a preliminary  investigation,  information  lead to  a  possible  suspect in  the  most recent  incident,Joseph Brent Burchett,a 57-year-old male.  On January 3, 2019 at about 11:30 p.m., SMPD Officers located Burchett in the 1900 block of Arizona Avenue and took him into custody. SMPD Detectives are working to determine if there are any links to the previous incidents.

    Burchett has been booked for 451(d)PC-Arson and remains in custody at SMPD Jail with a bail option of $50,000. On January 7, 2019 the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office-Airport Branch for filing consideration. Anyone with information related to any of the incidents is encouraged to call the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491; Detective Cooper at (310) 458-8478; or Sergeant Skogh at (310) 458-8992.

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