There's been a rash of burglaries in St. Martin. Early Monday morning, five businesses at Eagle Plaza were burglarized. But it's just one in a series of break-ins at area businesses over the past few days.
"The windows were broken out... as you can see here in my office, they had dumped my desk out on the floor. They burst into my closets, and took stuff out of there as well," said Morris Strickland.
Strickland owns the plaza. His business, Eagle Enterprises, was one of five businesses burglarized. He says whoever is responsible for the break-ins didn't stop at Eagle Plaza.
"Here at my complex, we had five. But I understand there's four more down the street on the same night," Strickland said.
Strickland says the area is typically safe.
"We're within about 250 yards of the police substation here, and they come around quite often. So I always felt very comfortable in this area, and my tenants have as well," Strickland said.
But whoever burglarized the businesses didn't worry too much about making noise.
"My company's Eagle Enterprises. And I've collected eagles over the years, and I had about 18 to 20 ceramic, or really, crystal eagles, and they just took those and threw them against the wall and on the floor."
Strickland said the week before, someone sprawled graffiti on Trinity Hospice, another business that fell prey to the burglars. He's not sure if there's a connection, but he hopes whoever is responsible for all of this mayhem receives their just dues soon.
Sheriff's Department investigators say they're following a few leads, but Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
If you have any information, you can call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at (228) 875-0475.