ORANGE COUNTY AUTO THEFT TASK FORCE
A Multijursidictional Law Enforcement Program
Orange County Auto Theft Investigators
CURRENT OCATI OFFICERS (2017)
The Orange County Auto Theft Investigators (OCATI)
Association meets on the first Thursday of each month, unless it is a holiday
or some special circumstance, at 10:00 a.m.
The meetings are for auto theft detectives, insurance
company special investigators, vehicle leasing loss prevention agents,
and other people involved in the investigation, recovery, and prevention
of vehicle thefts. Investigators from inside and outside Orange County
attend the meetings to share information about current cases, suspects,
and auto theft trends.
The January 5, 2017 OCATI meeting will be the usual
round table discussion, including training. The Guest Speaker will
be Orange County District Attorney's
Office / OCATT Deputy District
Attorney Dan Hess. Dan will be giving
a presentation on "Vehicle Theft, Fraud, Case Presentation, and Filings."
There is a $5.00 fee per meeting. ($10.00
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MONTHLY MEETING LOCATION:
Garden Grove Courtyard Center
12732 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840
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||CHP / OCATT
||Placentia PD / OCATT
||Wells Fargo Dealer Services
||Hagerty Insurance SIU
2016 Training Presentations
at OCATI Meetings
Guest Speaker at the December 2016 OCATI Meeting was Investigator Jim
Eberhart from the
CHP / Orange
County Auto Theft Task Force. Jim gave a presentation on "Vehicle
Theft Statistical Overview for California and Orange County (Specifically)."
The 2017 OCATI Officers were introduced: Mike Steffanoff
(President), Randy McWilliams (Vice President),
Betty Ashley (Secretary), and Mick
O'Neill (Past President). This meeting was also our annual
Holiday Party. A catered luncheon prepared by Tacos
El Mexicano was served after the meeting. There was plenty
of food available to the attendees.
Guest Speakers at the November 2016 OCATI meeting were Avis
Car Rental Security Director Ernie Duran
who discussed Avis Budget Car Rental
issues and Avis Car Rental Security
Manager Jeff Myers, who discussed Avis
Zipcar Rental issues. It was a very informative training session
with both Ernie and Jeff answering a multitude of questions from the attendees.
Guest Speaker at the October 2016 OCATI Meeting was Richard
Knapp, Knapp & Spurlock,
LLP. Richard gave a presentation on Investigating Collusive Staged
Vehicle Accidents, citing the reasons behind the crime, the different methods
used, the red flags to look for, and some of the recent cases he has been
Guest Speaker at the September 2016 OCATI Meeting was Doug
of Garrett Engineering.
Doug gave a presentation about Black Box / EDR technologies and data retrieval
/ interpretation. Doug was able to provide information that was currently
available to law enforcement and SIU personnel. Airbags can be a
great source of information...
Guest Speaker at the August 2016 OCATI Meeting was Special Agent Jay
Rocker from the
Crime Bureau / Orange County Auto Theft
Task Force. Jay gave a presentation about NICB and how NICB can
help law enforcement and insurance companies in their vehicle theft investigations.
Jay also provided handout material from NICB, including NICB Passenger
Manuals, NICB Vehicle Theft / Fraud Guides, the latest stats
available from NICB, and upcoming training provided by NICB.
Guest Speaker at the July 2016 OCATI Meeting was Senior Forensic Specialist
Cogert from the
County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab. Kelli spoke about
the Crime Lab, its functions, and available forensics services. There
appeared to be a great deal of interest from the attendees about DNA collection
and fingerprinting of recovered vehicles.
Guest Speaker at the June 2016 OCATI Meeting was Dennis
Frias, Locator Technologies
Dennis gave a presentation on "LPR Usage Update for Insurance SIU and Law
Enforcement ." Dennis' presentation touched on the similarities and
differences of usage by law enforcement and private industry. Dennis
definitely covered some of the restrictions of usage and requirements regarding
retention of databases.
Guest Speaker at the May 2016 OCATI Meeting was Larry
Perrault, Sr. Manager, Hyundai
Connected Car Program and Product Management. Larry gave a presentation
on the capabilities of their Blue
Link system, specifically about assisting LE & insurance with theft
Grove Police Sergeant Ron Echavarria also
gave an overview of auto theft issues in Garden Grove.
Guest Speaker at the April 2016 OCATI Meeting was Captain Randy
for Regional AutoTheft Prevention, who made a presentation on
the recent Task Force Symposium that took place in March. Randy spoke
about the networking that occurred, allowing for the personnel from multiple
task forces to have the opportunity to get to know one another and what
problems other task forces were encountering. He said it was also
an opportunity for some important legal updates to be shared. He
said that LASD
for Regional AutoTheft Prevention Crime Analyst Maria
Ferreira had the opportunity to share information. Randy then
had Maria come up to show some of the auto theft data she was able to retrieve.
Randy wanted to make it clear that they are willing to share their information
with others, law enforcement and insurance SIU personnel.
Guest Speaker at the March 2016 OCATI meeting was from the CHP
Border Division Cargo Theft Interdiction Program (CTIP). Investigator
Kelley made a presentation related to Cargo Theft crimes and the
CHP program dedicated to this. Jim clearly defined cargo theft, where
it is taking place, and what is done to combat it by CTIP and other law
enforcement programs in California.
Guest Speaker at the February 2016 OCATI meeting was LAPD
for Regional AutoTheft Prevention Detective Brian
Yori, who gave a presentation on VC 2805 Business Inspections.
Brian explained what can and can't be done during an inspection and the
difference between a business inspection and a search warrant service.
guest speaker at the January 2016 OCATI meeting was Dan
Orange County District
Attorney's Office Deputy District Attorney, assigned to OCATT.
Dan gave a presentation on Vehicle Theft, Fraud, Case Presentation, and
Filings. He showed how Proposition 47 is affecting how some cases
are being filed and what it now takes to make a good case to put someone
For prior OCATI Meeting Training Presentations, please