Authorities have arrested two Florida males for stealing the stays of veterans from a neighborhood cemetery for ritualistic functions, in line with stories.
Brian Montalvo Tolentino, 43, of Davenport and Juan Burgos Lopez, 39, of Lake Wales have been arrested in connection to stays lacking from vaults at Mount Dora’s Edgewood Cemetery, Lake County authorities mentioned.
The boys have been charged with 4 counts of disturbing the contents of a grave and 4 counts of abuse of a useless human physique.
Three of the 4 tombs raided in early December belonged to members of the armed forces. Two have been Military fight veterans who served in World Struggle I and the Korean Struggle. The opposite was a Marine who served as a army police officer.
Lake County detectives discovered proof of a “ritual” carried out within the vaults in addition to a lot of cigars, which supplied DNA proof to determine Tolentino, Bay News 9 reported.
Tolentino reportedly confessed to the crime and named Lopez as his confederate, saying he used a crowbar to open the vaults, according to ABC Action News.
Detectives searched Lopez’s house, discovering skulls, a hand and different massive bones.
“There have been seven skulls on this, if you’ll, shrine,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd mentioned. “Of the seven skulls, we decided 5 of them have been human skulls and two of them have been plaster replicas.”
“He referred to the cemeteries as holy websites and buying facilities,” Judd added, referring to Lopez. “Did you hear what I mentioned? He considers cemeteries buying facilities.”