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Florida men accused of stealing remains of veterans from graveyard

Florida men accused of stealing remains of veterans from graveyard
Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Tolentino and Juan Burgos-Lopez on charges that they desecrated graves and stole remains of veterans from Florida graveyard to use in religious rituals.

Florida men accused of stealing remains of veterans from graveyard Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Tolentino (left) and Juan Burgos-Lopez on charges that they desecrated graves and stole remains of veterans from Florida graveyard to use in religious rituals.(Tribune News Service) — Two Polk County men are in jail on charges that they desecrated graves and stole remains of veterans from a Mount Dora graveyard to use in religious rituals.Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested Brian Tolentino, 43, of Davenport, and Juan Burgos-Lopez, 29, of Lake Wales while executing a search warrant Wednesday.Both suspects were booked into the Polk County jail on their Lake County charges of four counts each of disturbing the contents of a grave and abuse of a dead body.

They also were charged in Polk County on one count of disturbing the contents of a grave, and Burgos-Lopez was charged with an additional count of trafficking in dead bodies.POLK COUNTRY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LAKELAND, Fla.

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