The 2018 WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the Northern Chapter, was held on October 8-10, 2018 in South Lake Tahoe....

Position / Name / Click for Email AGENCY TELEPHONE
President Robbie Midzuno Nationwide Insurance SIU (415) 290-6114
Vice President Michael Beauregard California Highway Patrol (Retired) (916) 501-2115
Secretary Sonja Scheidt Federated Insurance (916) 631-1896 
Treasurer Howard Iwata State of California (Retired) (916) 832-7808
Sergeant-At-Arms John De La Mora Nationwide Insurance SIU (209) 985-0544
Director Heather Bonnett California Highway Patrol (916) 843-4338
Director Jack Coghlan Travelers Insurance SIU (916) 261-5642
Director Jason Craven California Highway Patrol (916) 870-9951
Director Olga Curtright National Insurance Crime Bureau (707) 396-0890
Director / Past President Dennis Gallagher Farmers Insurance SIU (916) 214-6357
Director Sumair Sandhu McDowell Law (925) 895-5733
Director Mary Simone VSP (916) 858-7571
Associate Director Jonathan Atkinson Santa Clara County DA Investigations (408) 201-8813
Associate Director Sim Casimiro Travelers Investigative Services (408) 807-3817
Associate Director Victor DiGiovine Ameritrust Group, Inc (602) 216-6582
Associate Director / Past So Chapter President Heather Roberts Safeco / Liberty Mutual SIU (818) 584-5049
Associate Director / Past President Blake Schnabel California Highway Patrol (916) 843-3477
P.O. Box 189063  Sacramento, CA  95818

The Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Kennedy <pkennedy.wsati@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2018 4:05 PM
Subject: 2019 Gary Gray Award

Hello Gary,

Is there a way we can post the Gary Gray nomination request for 2019 on the WSATI web site?  All chapters?  I have attached the flyer from NICB Supervisor Ken Hutchison.

Thank you,
Paul Kennedy
Board Member
WSATI Northern Chapter

June 20, 2019

To all WSATI Chapters

It is that time of year again. I am requesting nominations for this year’s annual Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award to be presented at this year’s conference the 47th Annual Training Seminar, October 13th-17th, 2019, hosted by the WSATI Southern Chapter at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley (8757 Rio San Diego Drive San Diego, CA 92108.) I request that all nominations with a brief synopsis of the candidate be emailed or snail mailed to me by September 1, 2019.  The WSATI Northern Chapter board of directors and NICB West Region Directors will select the recipient from the nominations received.

In 2003 NICB teamed up with the Northern Chapter of WSATI to give the first annual NICB/WSATI special achievement award for outstanding achievements in the war on Auto Theft by an individual or a team, either Law Enforcement or Insurance.   The award was renamed the Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award in 2004 in a memorial to Gary.

NICB through West Region Directors of Operation Robert Jones and Tom Downey will obtain a plaque. The plaque will be awarded to the recipient at the annual WSATI conference.  The award will be presented by NICB West Region Directors or their designee.  Any member or team in any of the WSATI Chapters would be eligible and nominations and synopsis should be received by September 1 of this conference year.

Thank You
Ken Hutchison 
WSATI Northern Chapter Past President. 

Any comments or suggestions can be sent to khutchison@nicb.org

Mailing address:
Ken Hutchison
P.O. Box 2380
Elk Grove, CA 95624 

For more on the award, please click here

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The Al Weatherman Award

-----Original Message-----
From: Northern WSATI <northern.wsati@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:24 PM
Subject: 2016 Al Weatherman Award Recipient

We are seeking for any nominations for the Al Weatherman Award. This nomination can be for either a law enforcement officer or an insurance investigator who is a member in good standing of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators Northern Chapter.  The award will be presented at this year's conference in San Diego, CA.  Additional information is attached.  Please submit any nomination in writing via email to Dennis Gallagher at dgallagher.wsati@gmail.com by September 23, 2016.   The WSATI Northern Chapter Board of Directors will select the recipient from the nominations received. 

The nominees should exhibit those characteristics of enthusiasm, tenaciousness, patience, and organization portrayed by Al Weatherman.  Any questions contact northern.wsati@gmail.com.

Additionally, the background of the award, as well as the past years' recipients’ list of the Al Weatherman Award, is listed on the WSATI website for your viewing (click here). 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Gallagher
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 7:30 PM
Subject: Photo for website

Good morning Gary.  Could you please post the attached photo to Northern?   Dennis Gallagher and Mike Beauregard representing the association at the Anti-Fraud Alliance Conference in Monterey, April 12, 2017


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On December 7, 2016, Detective Kraig Palmer from the San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force, presented the current trend of Jeep Wrangler Thefts and Thefts by Factory Key recoding operations to local insurance industry SIU personnel and law enforcement.  The presentation was conducted at the Alameda County - Office of Emergency Services in Dublin, CA.  Additional topics included: Investigating organized criminal organizations involved in auto theft and other illegal operations; Investigating organized criminal enterprises based in other countries but operating in the United States; Federal charges vs. State charges; Working with federal prosecutors and case presentations; Motorcycle thefts and current trends; Surveillance techniques and proactive investigations using analytics.  The presentation was informative, entertaining and very well received by all who attended.

* Images blurred at request of speaker


Paul Kennedy
Board Member
WSATI Northern Chapter

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-----Original Message-----
From: Blake Schnabel
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 2:57 PM
Subject: Past President Recognition

Hi Gary, 

Attached is a photo from our last WSATI Northern Chapter Meeting on January 16th.

Pictured is Jay Bobrowsky receiving a plaque recognizing his service as the Northern Chapter President the past year.  Pictured shaking Jay's hand is Blake Schnabel, the newly elected 2014-2015 Northern Chapter President.  Also pictured is the newly elected Vice President, Jeff Howard.

Inv. Blake Schnabel
California Highway Patrol
Valley Division - ISU
DOI-Auto Fraud Task Force
(916) 731-6384

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-----Original Message-----
From: Hutchison, Ken D.
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2013 8:44 AM
Subject: Ken Piva Retirement

Attached is a photo taken at the retirement luncheon for Agent Ken Piva on August 1, 2013.

Left to right in group photo: Ken Hutchison, Greg Chinn, Steve D’Annuzio, John Pearce, Mike Miller from LoJack (retired NICB agent and Ken Piva took his place) Roger Hogan, Dave Roccaforte, Don Farnham and the retiree Ken Piva.

Thank You

Ken Hutchison
Supervisory Special Agent
Phone 916 685 2971
Fax     847 544 7666
Cell    916 275 1459

L-R: Ken Hutchison, Greg Chinn, Steve D’Annuzio, John Pearce, Mike Miller, Roger Hogan, Dave Roccaforte, Don Farnham, Ken Piva
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April 2020

-----Original Message-----
From: Northern WSATI <northern.wsati@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:50:30 AM PDT
Subject: WSATI- Northern Chapter April Meeting Cancelled

Dear WSATI Northern CA Chapter Members,


Due to the declaration of emergency by the Governor of California pertaining to COVID-19 virus, and travel and attendance restrictions imposed by our attendees' Companies and Law Enforcement partners, our scheduled April Northern CA WSATI meeting has been cancelled.  Our next meeting will be tentatively scheduled in June 2020. Please check our website for details.  

Thank you for your understanding and please be safe out there.


WSATI Northern CA Board of Directors


LOCATION: Cattlemen’s Restaurant
12409 Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 985-3030
REGISTRATION: Lunch and Training is $20.00 - Pay at the Door
Networking & Member Registration 
Business Meeting / Training / Lunch
Board Elections
10:30 am to 11:00 am
11:00 am to 12:00 am 
12:00 pm to 12:15 pm
12:15 pm to 12:30 pm 
TRAINING: Special Agent Brian Farnsworth with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Forensics Analysis and Support Team will be providing training related to cell phone forensics including new tools dealing with encryption, secure startup, iPhone passwords, new Apple airplane mode, and other roadblocks we are dealing with phones today. New solutions will be discussed and offered.
RSVP: RSVPs must be received by January 17, 2020, to guarantee a seat.
Please RSVP by e-mail northern.wsati@gmail.com
FOOD CHOICE: Top Sirloin Steak, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Lemon Herb Chicken, Vegetarian Ravioli. Includes Mashed Potatoes, All-You-Can-Eat Salad, Sourdough Bread, Ranch Style Beans, Soft Drinks, Coffee or Tea.

***** REMINDER *****

**WSATI Northern Chapter 2020 membership fees of $20.00 are now due for this year** 
If you would like to download a copy of the form in Word format, click here

If you have questions or want additional information regarding the Northern Chapter of WSATI or if you want details about upcoming meeting or conferences visit our web site www.wsatinorth.org or email us at northern.wsati@gmail.com.


Take Highway 50 East to the Hazel Avenue exit and go south. Continue over the highway overpass and turn left onto Folsom Boulevard. Take the first or second entrance into the Nimbus Winery Complex. Follow the signs to the restaurant in the back.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Northern WSATI <northern.wsati@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 5:10 PM
Subject: Western States Auto Theft Investigators Upcoming Training 8-16-17

Please join us for Western States Auto Theft Investigators- Northern Chapter Training on Wednesday August 16, 2017 in Dublin, CA. Please see the attached announcement for details. Please RSVP by August 11, 2017.

Exciting News- You can now pay by Debit or Credit card!  Please see the attached flyer for payment link.

We look forward seeing you in Dublin on August 16th! 

Thank you, Western States Auto Theft Investigators- Northern Chapter

Attention: Law Enforcement Officers & SIU Insurance Investigators

COURSE DESCRIPTION: CHP Investigator Joe Moody with the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force will be presenting on Identity Theft and how to successfully charge as a felony. Expert Chad Treadway from North American West Automotive Forensic will be providing an explanation of transponder-based ignitions and how they interact in starting a vehicle. Retired Deputy Kent Boots from FactualDiagrams.com will give an overview of what type of information is available in an Event Data Recorder (EDR) and how to obtain it. CHP Investigator Jason Craven, Valley Division, will train on recent trends in trailer theft, and Stutchman Forensic Laboratory will demonstrate the evidentiary benefit of video enhancement.

Wednesday – August 16, 2017

Time:                  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Check-in at 8:00 a.m. – Agency I.D. Required)
                            *Togo’s lunch will be provided at noon lunch break
Location:            Alameda County - Office of Emergency Services
Address:             4985 Broder Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568 (Near the Santa Rita County Jail)

***Space is Limited- Register Today!***
To reserve a seat, mail completed form & check(s) to WSATI at:
P.O. Box 189063, Sacramento, CA 95818
Click Here to Pay by Credit or Debit Card

$25.00 - Registration Fee, which includes lunch, should be received by August 11, 2017.

Questions can be directed to Mike Beauregard: mbeauregard.wsati@gmail.com

Complete information below and send in with payment.


TITLE:_________________________________ AGENCY:___________________________


CITY:_______________________________________STATE:_________ ZIP:___________

E-MAIL ADDRESS:__________________________________________

PHONE NUMBER:___________________________________________

** Click here for flyer

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Wednesday – November 12, 2019

-----Original Message-----
From: Northern WSATI <northern.wsati@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2019 10:59 AM
Subject: Upcoming WSATI Training 11-12-19 - Special Presentation

We are pleased to announce, that on Tuesday, 11-12-19 at Dublin OES, we will be holding a training day, with the greatest portion of our morning program devoted to a de-brief of a major operation in the Detroit, Michigan area.  This topic is of special interest to our combined SIU and law enforcement members, given the keyless method of the theft.  Travelling to California and presenting will be Detective Sandra Hernden of the ACTION Auto Theft Task Force and Detective David Jacquemain of the Macomb Auto Theft Squad. 

Since December 2018, numerous newer model Fiat Chrysler vehicles were reported stolen from the Southeast Michigan area and suspected to be cases of insurance fraud due to the owners having all the keys and no evidence of a crime. It was later determined that individuals were stealing the vehicles by breaking the unalarmed back window, crawling into the front seat, and using key learning equipment to re-key the vehicle. When the vehicles were recovered, the original keys no longer worked. The year, make, and model of FCA vehicles involved are 2014-2018 Dodge Challengers, Chargers, and Durangos; and 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokees and Renegades.

Best estimate is that around 100-200 vehicles have been stolen in an 8 month period.  Vehicles were sold online and out of state, retagged and with false title.  Several vehicles were sold and recovered in California, and valuable intelligence has been learned from suspects arrested to date.

Information will be provided regarding the key learning device, with possibly a demonstration.

The full training schedule for the day will follow shortly
RSVP to hold a spot at northern.wsati@gmail.com

Cost for the training will be $20.00 for the day, and will include coffee, water, soda and Togos box lunch.

Any questions regarding this training can be directed to Dennis Gallagher at 916-214-6357
or Mike Beauregard at 916-501-2115

Alameda County - Office of Emergency Services
4985 Broder Blvd., Dublin, CA 94568 (Near the Santa Rita County Jail)

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Date:   July 1, 2016

To:  All WSATI Chapter Members,

We are requesting nominations for this year's Annual Distinguished Service Award to be presented at this year's conference in San Diego, California, October 19, 2016.  All nominations must be submitted with a brief synopsis detailing why your nominated candidate should be chosen for this award.  Please e-mail Dennis Gallagher by August 1, 2016 with your nominations.  The WSATI Northern Chapter Board of Directors will select the recipient from the nominations received. 

Background:  In 2009, the Northern Chapter presented the First Annual Distinguished Service Award for outstanding achievements in the war on auto theft by an individual or a team in either Law Enforcement or Insurance Fraud Investigations.  The award is in honor of those individuals who have left us far too soon and who have made an indelible mark on our lives and molded how we go about our day to day business of fighting fraud and theft.  Some of these individuals are memorialized by individual awards given in their names.  This award is meant to celebrate and remember them all. 

This award is funded by the WSATI Northern Chapter and is marked by the awarding of a commemorative plaque or equivalent at each annual training conference.  To view the past recipients of this award, please go to www.wsati.org and search the Northern Chapter for their awards.

Thank you, 

Sonja Scheidt
WSATI Northern Chapter Secretary

All nominations should be e-mailed to Dennis Gallagher at: dgallagher.wsati@gmail.com

For additional information on the Distinguished Service Award, please click here.

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