MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – One of the self-dubbed ghost hunters who broke into a historic Litchfield church in May has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Officials in Meeker County said Thursday that 23-year-old Todd Suurmeyer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was sentenced to probation, ordered to pay $500 in restitution and perform 80 hours of community service.

He and two others, who later pleaded guilty, were accused of breaking into Ness Church on May 17 and damaging windows and a monument.

The area has been the target of vandals for years, and ghost enthusiasts say it is haunted.

Church board members, however, say it isn’t.


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