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

September 15, 2015 - Ontario Police Department - Ontario


Ontario Police Department

2015 WSATI Southern Chapter President Aristeed Powell (DMV Investigations - San Diego) welcomed everyone to the meeting and to the newest WSATI venue, the Ontario Police Department, Ontario.  

The other Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Vice President Brian Yori (LAPD/TRAP)
Treasurer Jeff Enfield (LASD/TRAP)
Sergeant-At-Arms Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU)
Associate Director Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Associate Director Mike Stefanoff (CHP/OCATT)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) 

Secretary Heather Roberts ( Liberty Mutual Insurance SIU) and Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD/TRAP) were unable to attend the meeting.

The WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents who were in attendance were:

Skip Davidson (1991), Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Rick Greenwood (2008), Dave Petrelli (2011), and Tim Jackson (2014).

Aristeed then asked everyone in attendance to introduce themselves to the other attendees and share any information or important cases.  WSATI Southern Chapter Webmaster Gary Labb (Santa Ana PD/OCATT -Retired) gave those in attendance the password to the encrypted Southern Chapter roster.

Southern Chapter Associate Director Mike Stefanoff (CHP/OCATT) introduced the first Guest Speaker Investigator Dave Navarro (CHP / OCATT),  who gave a presentation on "Title / Lien Washed Stolen Vehicles," the Operation Hogg Life case that began in Ontario.  Dave gave a brief background of the case, how it expanded out to numerous suspects, victims, and vehicles.  Dave then presented a video of an interview of one of the suspects who explained step by step how they were able to commit the crimes. 

Southern Chapter President Aristeed Powell (DMV Investigations - San Diego) then introduced the second Guest Speaker Security Manager Chris Hayes (ZipCar), who gave a presentation on "Zipcar and Law Enforcement."  Chris detailed how ZipCar, more an e-commerce rental car company than a ride sharing company, worked.  He explained how everything was computer / smart phone / tablet based and that there were no actual storefronts.  People signed up online, were vetted online, and car rentals were made online.  He covered the fraud and thefts that occur with ZipCar rentals.  Most of the people in the room were not aware of how large a market share ZipCar has or how it worked, so his presentation was quite enlightening.

Aristeed spoke about this year's WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the Northern Chapter, that will be taking place October 4-7, 2015, in South Lake Tahoe.  He said there was plenty of great training opportunities available at the Seminar.

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Aristeed then invited those who purchased luncheon tickets to enjoy their lunch while networking with the others in the room.  The attendees then went outside to where the Santa Maria Bar-B-Que Style luncheon had been prepared by Brian Yori (LAPD/TRAP), Jeff Enfield (LASD/TRAP), Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU), Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police), and Matt Guthrie (CHP/RATT) during the course of the meeting.  Everyone helped themselves to the tri-tip, chicken, hot links, salad, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, rolls, and cookies.  Everyone appeared to enjoy and some took a trip back for seconds...

During the luncheon, attendees had the opportunity to survey the raffle prizes that were available to raise money for WSATI funds that assist in putting on future seminars, as well as supporting events such as the San Diego and Orange County ATAC Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year programs.  Following the luncheon, the raffle was then conducted by Mick O'Neill, Brian Yori, and Jeff Enfield.  There were a lot of people walking away with some very strange items purchased by Mick for the enjoyment of the attendees. 

The WSATIWear collection of work shirts, T-shirts, and hats was brought to the meeting and were available for purchase at the meeting.  The most current WSATI Southern Chapter T-shirts, hats, and work shirts are also available from WSATIWear.  For inquiries regarding WSATIWear, please contact Past President Rob Manning

Some of us had the opportunity for a personal tour of the Ontario Police Museum by curator Robert "Bob" Kallas. Want to thank Bob for the quick tour.  If you are in the area of the Police Department, and the museum is open, take a look.  Their motto is "Remembering the Past.  Supporting the Future."  

There were some new faces that came to the meeting, as well as several "old" members who had not been to the meetings in some time.  Thank you all for your attendance.

The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be on November 19, 2015.

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