WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
SOUTHERN CHAPTER
TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON

May 16, 2002 - Santa Ana Elks Lodge


2002 President Lou Koven (LAPD BAD CATS) started the meeting by welcoming everyone to the Santa Ana Elks Lodge. 

Lou then had Orange County Sheriffs Department Investigator Bruce Stanley lead all the members in the pledge of allegiance.

Lou then introduced the 2002 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers, as well as current members of the Board of Directors, as well as Past Presidents attending.

Lou then thanked WSATI Webmaster Gary Labb for his continued efforts in keeping the website current, as well as sending out all the informative e-mails.

Lou then spoke of the upcoming 31st Annual WSATI Training Seminar to be held in Lake Tahoe, hosted by the Central Chapter, on September 29th to October 1st, 2002.

Lou then introduced guest speakers Orange County Deputy District Attorney Ken Chinn and OCATT/Department of Insurance Investigator Pete Tuttle.  Ken spoke first about prosecuting insurance fraud cases and Pete spoke about investigating insurance fraud cases.  They both then joined together to answer audience questions.

Lou then opened the microphone to audience members who wished to speak.

Diana Rummel of the Crime Prevention Program for the Construction Industry spoke about the increase in construction equipment thefts in Southern California.

Long Beach PD Detective Dan Pratt then spoke about some of the trends going on in Long Beach and offered his assistance to anyone who needed it.

Randy Vera of C.E.C.A.T.S. then spoke.

The meeting then broke for a lunch break, giving the attendees a chance to meet each other and discuss matters of lunch.

Following lunch, several others in the audience wished to address the attendees.

Neil Hansell (714 634-1385), soon to be retired OCATT/Orange County Sheriffs Investigator, spoke about the problems he was encountering involving vehicles stolen in Mexico and then registered here in California.

CHP Investigator Nancy Dodd (619 525-4350), assigned to an staged accident investigation task force in San Diego, spoke about the investigations they were looking into.

Lou then asked for any nominations for the Bent Screwdriver Award.   There were two nominations, one of which would have allowed the past winner, Lou, to hold onto the award for another two months.  But to Lou's happy smile, the award went to LoJack Liaison Vic Johnston (310-505-8084).  It seems that Vic's pager (or cell phone) was going off throughout Ken and Pete's training session, however Vic did not realize it was his...even though numerous people in the audience were attempting to track down the source of the tone going off about every 30 seconds, including people at his own table.

The raffle was then held. 

The meeting was adjourned. 

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