ISLE LA MOTTE - Neighbors in Isle La Motte say they're fighting back against criminals.
“This is what it’s come down to now, is a Kubota tractor against my doors,” said Matt Spear, who lives in Isle La Motte.
Spear is on high alert after he says this shed that houses tools for his landscaping business was broken into on Friday.
“Everything I need to start my season up with was gone, from generators to chainsaws and stuff.
The price tag of the stolen goods- about four thousand dollars.
“I feel violated,” said Spear.
But Spear's not the only victim in this small community. This road he lives on here is a dead end and he says many of his neighbors’ homes have been broken into as well.
“A fellow down the road got his asbestos chimney ripped off his house. My next door neighbor here had his car broken into. And then down the road another car was broken into. So they are desperate people,” said Spear.
Desperate people looking for a quick buck as the Grand Isle County Sheriff Ray Allen says these crimes are most likely drug related.
In the last few weeks Allen says he's seen an increase in the number of crimes in the area.
Other than the normal advice to lock things up Allen says make sure you have a complete inventory of your belongings - including serial numbers to help with the investigation
“It’s crazy- there's an epidemic around here,” said Spear.
Spear says with only one road on and off the island- now if he sees a car drive by he doesn't recognize he gets suspicious.
“Especially at night. And it’s scary when somebody's driving at 1:30 -2 a.m. and they shouldn’t be here you know. There are no McDonalds down the end of this road,” said Spear.
So he and a few neighbors have taken things into their own hands.
“I got a little neighborhood watch system going on right here, so hopefully it will pay off,” said Spear.
Right now the investigations for all the break-ins are ongoing. But the sheriff wants people to keep an eye out - and if you see something suspicious report it.
He also says if you have a summer home in Isle La Motte that sits vacant in the winter you can sign up to have the sheriff's department check in on the home periodically.