UNION CITY (CBS/AP) — A Union City man arrested for cemetery vandalism said he slathered vegetable oil on tombstones to ward off evil spirits.

Alameda County prosecutors have charged 26-year-old Deepak Sandhar Singh with 15 counts of felony vandalism for defacing grave markers at Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park in the San Francisco Bay Area community of Union City.

Singh told police he bought a jug of soybean oil and used it on the tombstones because they were evil and needed to be purified.

The cemetery general manager said it cost $5,000 to clean up the mess.

Singh was booked on Friday at a jail in Dublin and the Hayward man later posted bail.

There was no telephone listing for Singh.

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