3 arrested for clearing tombs to make way for new bodies

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(ANSA) – VIBO VALENTIA, FEB 8 – Italian police on Monday
arrested three people at the seaside resort town of Tropea near
Vibo Valentia in Calabria on suspicion of illegally removing
bodies from tombs at the local cemetery to make way for fresh
bodies.
    The three were all cemetery workers.
    They allegedly extorted money from mourning relatives to get
their late loves ones a place in the cemetery, police said.
    The remains they removed from the graves were either burned or
thrown into rubbish bins, police said.
    The arrestees were named as Francesco Trecate, 62, his son
Salvatore (38), who has a record for petty crime, and Roberto
Cintartese (53), all from Tropea.
    “The crimes were carried out with spinechilling conduct and
offending the piety of the dead”, said Vibo Valentia chief
prosecutor Camillo Falvo.
    “They disposed of the bodies mercilessly and ruthlessly,” he
said. (ANSA).
   

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