Police in Puerto Rico say graveyard vandals have stolen bones from at least four mausoleums at a cemetery.

In a Sunday statement, police say entire skeletons were taken from two mausoleums and parts of corpses were removed from two other tombs at the cemetery in the southern city of Ponce.

Cemetery caretaker Harold Normandia told police that a total of six tombs had been broken into and desecrated.

Last year, bones from at least 40 bodies went missing from a cemetery in the Puerto Rican mountain town of Gurabo. Relatives said they were devastated by the loss of their loved ones' remains.