AUBURN, Ala. — A 29-year-old Auburn man charged with desecration of a venerable object in a fire that damaged oak trees at Toomer’s Corner as fans celebrated a victory over LSU is now facing a felony charge.
On Monday police said in a news release that damage to the oak tree exceeded $2,500, requiring the 1st degree criminal mischief charge.
Auburn police said in a news release Sunday that Jochen Wiest was initially arrested on a charge of public intoxication, but that witnesses identified him in connection with the tree’s burning. His bond was set at $1500 for those two charges.
Police executed an arrest warrant for Wiest on Monday while he was in jail. He received an additional $3,000 bond.
It was not immediately clear if Wiest has an attorney.