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Police: Man stole skeletal remains from 5 graves because of religious beliefs

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A Hartford man is under arrest in connection with a very bizarre crime.

Hartford police said they were called to 245 Preston Street Friday after a report of the building discovered what they believed to be human remains.

Police said the tenant who lives in the apartment in question was very forthcoming and showed officers were the remains were located.  In all officers discovered the remains of five bodies.

Detectives learned the remains belong to five graves that had been robbed in a Worcester, Mass. cemetery.

Worcester police said that on October 9, 2015, they responded to Hope Cemetery for the report of a break and entering into a mausoleum. The chain and lock to the mausoleum had been cut and had rust build up, so the exact time of the incident is still unknown. 

Officers also noticed that several crypts had been forced open and several bodies had been taken. It was determined that the bodies of three adults and two young children were stolen. 

"It's pretty scary, especially for the children. I do not have children at this moment, but if I did I would be very scared to live especially to find there was a neighbor next to me practicing those types

According to Hartford police, Medina may have been using the bones for religious purposed. Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion, often believes old bones have healing powers. 

"We do occasionally run across in Hartford, generally just with the animals, but the older the bones, sometimes, the more value they have in medicinal purposed," said. Deputy Chief Brian Foley, of the Hartford Police Department. 

"People that do Santeria, they kill chickens and stuff like that. That's what I thought he was doing over there, but now I'm surprised he got remains there, that's kind of crazy," said Jose Mercedes, neighbor

The tenant, 32-year-old Amador Medina of Hartford, was taken into custody and charged with being a fugitive from justice from the State of Massachusetts.

"Not scared, but kind of surprised, you only see this stuff on TV," Mercedes said. 

Foley said these bones are from people that have been dead since the early 1900s. 

"it's a bit shocking for all of us and we hope the families can get the remains back and we look to respectfully return them to their proper place," Foley said. 

The Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division along with the chief State's Attorney and Massachusetts authorities continue to investigate at this time.

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