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Cooperstown Bible Camp cabin burned, police searching for suspects

Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 9:22 AM CST
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Griggs Co. Sheriff’s Office says they are looking for information on the person who vandalized the Cooperstown Bible Camp Monday night.

Deputies say extensive damage was done to the camp, including the burning of a cabin. The camp director, Adam Glombowski says someone drove recklessly all over the camp, nearly missing buildings, trees and propane tanks. Glombowski also says the person finished the night by setting fire to one of the boy’s cabins.

“There’s a lot more to be thankful for than to be stewed in anger over the stupidity and the ignorance of someone who had nothing better to do on a Monday night,” he said.

Glombowski says he and his wife returned home just after nine Monday night to find fresh car tracks throughout the camp’s property.

“Then we started driving around and my wife saw the damage on the outside and I opened the door and just a plume of smoke came out,” Glombowski said.

He says while there wasn’t an active fire inside the Nazareth cabin, the damage was already done.

“(The suspects) pulled the mattress down from the top bunk, and put it on the bottom and then the fire just spread from there. This whole building’s going to have to be gutted because we have retreats and we have summer camp coming up,” Glombowski said.

The number one question for not only the Grigg’s County Sheriff’s Office, but the rest of the community: Why the bible camp?

“I’d love to be able to answer that question. I have no idea,” Glombowski said.

With several retreats planned at the camp in the coming weeks, including this weekend, Glombowski says he knows it could have been much worse.

“Am I mad about it? The human side, yeah, I want to be angry about it. But it’s a building. We could have had far more damage. Thank god we didn’t have more damage and that’s the thing, it happened when no one else was here,” he said.

Glombowski says the actions of those involved aren’t going to stop the camp from moving forward. He says they’re determined now more than ever to continue their mission to make Jesus known.

Glombowski says cameras for the camp are already on their way.

He says it’s still unknown how much it will cost to repair the cabin and everything inside. If you’d like to donate to the Cooperstown Bible Camp to help with damage costs, you can donate by clicking here. Or you can send a check to:

Cooperstown Bible Camp

11776 3rd St. SE,

Cooperstown, ND, 58425

Deputies ask if you have any information in this case, to call them right away at 701-797-2202.

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