(Moorhead, MN) -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is reporting a major problem it's facing, but it's not in the Greater F-M area.

Sheriff Mark Empting telling WDAY Radio's Bonnie and Friends that a massive uptick in Rural Thefts has been occurring over the last few months.

"A lot of this comes from abandoned areas, or places that are used for just storage and don't have someone on the property watching the equipment and items there 24/7," said Empting. 

He says the most notable thefts have included catalytic converters and lawn tractors. Empting added that most people that are stealing things like the tractors already have buyers lined up to sell them. 

Drugs are also a key factor in most of the thefts, and are contributing to the uptick in issues in rural communities across the county.

The Sheriff adding that his office is working aggressively to pursue and catch the thieves responsible, but that you can help them by reporting any suspicious activity. Empting also adds that adding a security system to your farm or storage area may be a good idea as these crimes continue.