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Could I Get Some Crack with my Happy Meal

By Big Lake Police Department | March 23, 2017

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On March 19th 2017 at 10:16 pm Officer Joe Kalla and Sergeant Guy Chaffee were dispatched to McDonalds in regards to an impaired male driver in the drive through. On his arrival, Officer Kalla located the suspect in the McDonalds Parking Lot. As Officer Kalla drove past the suspect vehicle, he noted the male driver had switched places with a female passenger. Officer Kalla initiated a traffic stop, the male driver was identified as Jeremy Gabrelcik (Age 35 – St. Michael). Following field sobriety testing, Gabrelcik was arrested for driving while impaired. During Officer Kalla’s investigation, he also learned that when asked if Gabrelick would like anything else with his meal, he replied "crack," a happy meal of a different sort.

Sergeant Guy Chaffee arrived on the scene and spoke to the female passenger, identified as Sara Pavola (Age 33 – Glyndon). During the course of this discussion and search, a baggie containing a white granular substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine was located in Pavola’s Purse. A further search revealed 2 glass straws with white residue, and a "rock" which was identified as methamphetamine were located. Canine Bruno was also deployed for a follow up search, additional narcotics were located behind the glove compartment.

Pavola was arrested and transported to the Sherburne County Jail, she was charged by criminal complaint with; 2 Counts of 5th Degree Controlled Substance Possession.

Gabrelcik was arrested and transported to the Sherburne County Jail, he was charged by criminal complaint with; Second Degree Chemical Test Refusal, Second Degree Driving Under the Influence (2 prior offenses), and Driving after Cancellation Inimical to Public Safety.


Vehicle Window Damage

By Big Lake Police Department | November 29, 2016

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Over the past two weeks, the Big Lake Police Department has responded to 21 separate reports vehicle windows having been shattered with a pellet or BB gun. In one instance the vehicle owner was sitting in the vehicle when this occurred. These incidents have been spread throughout our community, and have been occurring during nighttime hours. The City of Monticello also experienced multiple incidents similar to those in our community.

From information obtained by officers, there are currently two suspect vehicles identified;

  • Suspect vehicle #1 is described as a blue or green Chevrolet Equinox.
  • Suspect vehicle #2 appears to be an early 2000 era Toyota Corolla, and image was captured on a surveillance system (image shown).

Each window broken equates to hundreds of dollars in damage and loss to the vehicle owners. We are anxious to locate and criminally charge those involved. We are asking that if you see suspicious activity, please call our dispatch at 763-765-3595 to report it. We are also asking for your assistance, if you have information related to these crimes please contact Investigator Rich Berg of the Big Lake Police Department at 763-251-2987.


Big Lake Police Introduce Safe Exchange Zone

By Big Lake Police Department | January 13, 2016 (Sticky Post)

With the rise of sales and trading through sites such as Craigslist and Facebook, the need for a location for these transaction to take place comes about for those involved. There is often anxiety associated with meeting a stranger to exchange goods for cash. In some instances these transactions have given rise to crimes occurring. The Big Lake Police Department wants to provide our residents a safe environment for these transactions to take place. This gave rise to the concept of creating an E-Commerce Safe Exchange Zone.

The Big Lake Police Department is located at: 790 Minnesota Avenue. The main parking lot on the west side of the building is covered by a video surveillance and recording system. This is also the location all of our Officers come and go from the building on a frequent basis, so there is a strong law enforcement presence in the area.

This parking lot is available to use for meeting and arranging exchanges and trades for these types of transactions. There are signs posted at each entrance designating this as an E-Commerce Exchange Location. As a suggestion when undertaking these types of transactions;

  • Insist on a public meeting place.
  • Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home.
  • Be especially careful buying/selling high value items.
  • Consider making exchanges at the Big Lake Police Department.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you're going.
  • Take your cell phone along if you have one.
  • Consider having a friend accompany you.
  • Trust your instincts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Big Lake Police Department at 763-263- 2500, or in an emergency 911.


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