Auburn police added an additional felony charge for Jochen Wiest, 29, on Monday in connection to the burning of the Toomer’s oak on Magnolia Ave, according to a police report.
Wiest has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief, as “a result of damages he caused by setting fire to one of the Toomer’s Oak trees,” the report said. The report said Auburn police, Auburn University and officials within the horticultural department measured the damage to the tree to be greater than $2,500.
The arrest warrant was given to Wiest while still being held for the misdemeanor charges he received Sunday for public intoxication and desecration of a venerable object. Wiest’s bond was increased by $3,000, which brings his total bond amount to $4,500 for the on felony charge and two misdemeanor charges, according to the report.
Per Alabama law, individuals that cause property damage that exceeds that amount must be charged with first-degree criminal mischief, the report said.