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

September 20, 2008 - Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que - Cerritos


Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que in Cerritos, WSATI's newest venue

2008 WSATI Southern Chapter President Rick Greenwood (Riverside Police) welcomed everyone to the newest WSATI venue, Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, and introduced himself as the 2008 Southern Chapter President. 

Rick then requested that immediate Past President Bud Hood (Remington Elsag) lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. 
Rick then introduced the other 2008 WSATI Officers in attendance:

Vice President Jim Williams, Long Beach Police
Treasurer Dave Petrelli, PT&C Forensic Consulting
Sergeant-at-Arms Tim Glover, LASD/TRAP
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp, Knapp Law Firm, LLP

Secretary John Bartolone, DMV Investigations, was not at the meeting.

Rick then introduced the Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance: Bill Robertson (1988), Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Dave Dempsey (1998), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), and Bud Hood (2007).

Rick then requested that Past President Dennis Frias (CHP FEAR) stand up.  Rick then announced to the attendees that Dennis had not been able to attend the last meeting when he was to be presented with the Billy Osborn Memorial Award for his contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter.  Rick told the attendees that Dennis was tracked down at the Orange County Auto Theft Investigators (OCATI) meeting in August where the presentation took place.  Dennis was recognized for his many years as an Investigator assigned to the CHP Southern ISU, CHP FEAR, and then promoting and returning to supervise FEAR.  Rick noted Dennis' many contributions to the WSATI Southern Chapter, stating that Dennis was a Past President of WSATI Southern Chapter (1997) and has been involved in the behind the scenes work for many of the Southern Chapter hosted Training Seminars.  Dennis, along with Mark Stowell, has been the co-chairman of the training committee that continues to provide some of the best training available at WSATI Training Seminars.  For more information on the award, please click here.

Rick then asked if anyone had anything they'd like to discuss with the other attendees.

Ted Saraf (LoJack) spoke about LoJack receiving permission from the FCC to utilize their tracking frequency for additional applications that enhance public safety including: tracking and recovering missing people at risk, individuals of interest to law enforcement, lost or stolen cargo, and hazardous materials.

Dennis Frias (CHP FEAR) spoke about the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and the Orange County Auto Show teaming up to offer Orange County Law Enforcement the opportunity to attend the Auto Show on October 2nd and 3rd.  

Jim Williams (Long Beach PD) and Rob Manning (LASD/TRAP) spoke about a group of thieves who appear to be targeting Ford F250 and F350 pickup trucks, many of which are contractors' trucks filled with tools.

Todd Russ (OCSD) spoke about dealership thefts and that the suspect is now in custody.  He is seeking similar cases to all be filed together.

Bill Lovold (AAA) spoke about having similar suspects involved with different insurance companies where it appears the cars were never in the possession of the insured, but may have been subleased to friends or relatives of the insured.

Bud Hood (Remington Elsag) said that if agencies were interested in testing/using license plate reader equipment to contact him and he could provide them with the equipment.

Rick then asked everyone in the room to introduce themselves to the others in attendance.

Rick spoke about the upcoming WSATI Training Seminar to be held in Monterey on September 28-October 1, 2008 hosted by the Central Chapter.  

Rick told the attendees that the Chapter maintained an online roster and an email mailing list.  WSATI Webmaster Gary Labb advised the attendees to give him a business card if they wished to be added to the online roster and to be notified of information via email.

Rick then spoke about WSATI, in co-operation with the IAATI Western Regional Chapter, posting an encrypted roster on the WSATI website that contains contact information for WSATI Chapters, AATIA, CATI, BCATTI, and Alberta ATIA.  This will give us available contact information for all the vehicle theft associations within the jurisdiction of the IAATI Western Regional Chapter.  This is now up and operating.  It can be located in the link to the IAATI WRC.  Each contributing association president was given the encryption password and can supply it to their own association membership.  WSATI Southern Chapter members need to contact Rick for the password.

Rick announced that in 2009, the IAATI Western Regional Chapter would be co-hosting the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) Annual Training Seminar in Denver, Colorado with the Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI).  The information should soon be posted on the IAATI website.

Rick then introduced the Guest Speaker, Brent Bailey, Western Regional Director of Cellular Data Resources, who gave a presentation on how cellular phone data can help in building evidence in criminal and civil cases.  Brent then took a multitude of questions from the audience at the conclusion of his presentation.

WSATI Southern Chapter Vice President Jim Williams (Long Beach PD) then presided over the raffle.  There were a lot of different winners, and at the same time many were upset with some of the repeat winners.  If you want to be like them, do what they do... buy extra raffle tickets... 

Rick announced that the next meeting would be on November 20, 2008 at one of the Toyota facilities in Torrance.  He was still trying to confirm which facility would be hosting it and said that once he knew, the information would be available on the website.

Rick then announced that the lunch was ready.  The attendees were then served a BBQ buffet, which everyone appeared to enjoy and take a trip back for seconds (and for some, thirds)...Tri-tip, chicken, a variety of ribs, hot links, salad, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, and corn...and some great biscuits.

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The meeting was adjourned.

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