*Arrest has been made*
Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr. made his initial court appearance today after being arrested for poisoning the legendary oak trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn.
Updyke, 62, from Dadeville, was arrested at 1:26 a.m. at the Auburn police department after he followed a request to meet the police there. Police believe he acted alone.
Updyke was charged with criminal mischief in the first degree.
A person who identified himself as "Al" from Dadeville and as an Alabama fan bragged on Paul Finebaum's radio show last month that he poisoned the trees. A photo on his Facebook page shows Updyke wearing an Alabama cap.
Auburn police chief Tommy Dawson said in a Thursday press conference that Updyke is still in jail. He also said the FBI was involved in the case. Dawson said the investigation began last month.
"This is a person obviously has problems to do this," Dawson said.
Updkye was arraigned at 11 a.m.
Auburn horticultural experts painted a grim picture during the press conference on the likelihood the trees would survive after a massive dose of Spike poison that was applied in the fall. The trees are the focal point of Auburn athletic victories, and are rolled with toilet tissue after big wins.
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