New York man accused of robbing Stratford graveyard

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A New York man is facing charges for allegedly robbing a Stratford graveyard and using human remains for rituals in June 2016.

After months of investigation, Stratford police arrested 36-year-old Aneudy Davila from the Bronx on Friday and charged him with vandalizing the columbarium.

They say he blew it up and took 18 urns with ashes inside.

Investigators say Davila's girlfriend Janette Mateo used the remains in the practice of Santeria, a Caribbean and African religion.

News 12 Connecticut is told the cemetery has since put up a headstone to replace the columbarium that was destroyed.

Davila was released after posting a $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned next Monday.

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