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Orange County Auto Theft Investigators Association /
Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Commission (OC ATAC)

The next scheduled OCATI / OC ATAC Training Meeting will be announced in the near future...
OCATI Meeting 12/05/19

Effective January 1, 2020, the Orange County Auto Theft Investigators (OCATI) Association merged with the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee and became the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Commission (OC ATAC).   


A collaboration of law enforcement, automotive, and insurance industry stakeholders focused on reducing auto theft through education and training, in addition to recognizing law enforcement for vehicle theft recovery efforts

OC ATAC will hold quarterly training meetings / networking events at 9 am - 11 am.  Tentative dates / locations are:

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - Orange County Sheriff's Academy, Tustin
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Cancelled due to COVID-19 Restrictions

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 October 1, 2020 OC ATAC training meeting will consist of:

0900-0945: Training
0945-1000: Break
1000-1030: Case Discussion

Departmental/company identification/business cards are required for entry.  Do not park in Training Staff parking spaces or spaces marked for anyone else.   

There is a $5.00 fee per meeting.

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The OCATI Roster is available to OCATI members as an Adobe .pdf download from the website to assist with your networking needs. The roster consists of OCATI meeting attendees. The roster is a password protected .pdf file, about 146 kb in size (last updated 11/13/20). The password was last given to the attendees at the 12/05/19 meeting. If you do not know the password or wish to have your information updated on the roster, please contact the Webmaster with your name, agency, telephone number, and email address. Click here to go to the roster.  

Orange County Sheriff's Academy
15991 Armstrong Ave Classroom # 2
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 566-2700
(Click Here for Mapquest Map)

To be determined

Position Name / click for email Agency Telephone
Chairman Gil Campa California Highway Patrol / OCATT Commander (714) 532-9624
Member Johnny Miyasaki Long Beach Police (retired) / 2020 WSATI Southern President (562) 884-6402
Member Dave Williams Beverly Hills Police / TRAP / 2020 WSATI Southern Treasurer (626) 863-3295

2020 Training Presentations at OC ATAC Meetings

The Guest Speakers at the February OC ATAC meeting were NICB Agents Gabe Marquez & Lou Koven, who gave a presentation on Heavy Construction Equipment; Brea Police Department / OCATT Detective Billy Montalvo who discussed a recent case he investigated regarding fraudulent purchases of Ducati motorcycles and lessons learned throughout the investigation; and Orange County Sheriff's Department / OCATT Investigator Erik Tilove who discussed a recent case he investigated involving 15 cars, two suspects, and lessons learned throughout the investigation.  

2019 Training Presentations at OCATI Meetings

Guest Speaker Luis HernandezGuest Speaker Yvonne McFaddenThe Guest Speakers at the December 2019 OCATI meeting were Yvonne McFadden, DMV Westminster Office Manager and DMV / OCATT Investigator Luis Hernandez, who gave a presentation on lien sales and false documents.  Luis also supplied contact information for law enforcement to get ahold of DMV during non-business hours.      

Guest Speaker Pete VandenbergGuest Speaker Pete VandenbergThe Guest Speaker at the November 2019 OCATI meeting was Los Angeles Co Sheriff's Department / TaskForce for Regional AutoTheft Prevention (TRAP) Detective Pete Vandenberg. Pete gave a presentation on Hull ID Numbers and ID numbers for boats and personal watercraft.  Pete's presentation also gave a background of HINs to allow the attendees to gain knowledge in what they are actually looking at.

Guest Speaker Lou KovenGuest Speaker Melissa SomersThe Guest Speakers at the September 2019 OCATI Meeting were Melissa Somers, Executive Director of the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California, who spoke about Recent Construction Theft Trends and Lou Koven, National Insurance Crime Bureau Special Agent assigned to the Foreign Export and Recovery Team at the Ports, who gave a presentation about Fictitious Manufacturer's Statement of Origin / Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin forms that have been observed at the port.

Guest Speaker Clayton AlvarezGuest Speaker Jason HughesThe Guest Speakers at the September 2019 OCATI Meeting were Jason Hughes, California Highway Patrol Investigator assigned to the Foreign Export and Recovery Team and Clayton Alvarez, California Highway Patrol Investigator assigned to the Mexico Liaison Unit. They gave a presentation regarding fictitious California license plates, registration certificates, and license plate registration tags they have observed on vehicles in Mexico.  (Photo blurred at request of Investigator)

The July meeting was an open forum discussion about the future of OCATI and how to best partner with the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee (OC ATAC).   The goal is to evolve the organization to better meet the needs of OCATI members and the companies and community OCATI serves while remaining true to OCATI history and purpose.   There was an active discussion involving suggestions for training topics, member engagement, and streamlining organizations to make the most of everyone's time and resources.

Guest Speaker Randy GarciaGuest Speaker Randy GarciaThe Guest Speaker at the June 2019 OCATI Meeting was California Highway Patrol Southern Division ISU Officer Randy Garcia, Coordinator of the Salvage Vehicle Program.  Randy gave a presentation on the History of the CHP Salvage program - why it started, statewide inspection process; Defined total loss; Effects of the program - stolen parts coming out of Germany and shipped to USA; Air bag problem - bypass resistors, counterfeit; NMVTIS; Case files.

Guest Speaker Jesse BravoGuest Speaker Dave NavarroThe Guest Speakers at the May 2019 OCATI Meeting were Irwindale PDTRAP Detective Jesse Bravo and CHPOCATT Investigator Dave Navarro. Jesse spoke about the rules regarding the use of the new temporary license plates as well as giving a presentation on the new digital license plates.  Dave spoke about credit washing, including information regarding credit privacy numbers / synthetic IDs and "impound extortion." 

Guest Speaker Lou KovenGuest Speaker Lou KovenThe Guest Speaker at the April 2019 OCATI Meeting was NICB / FEAR Special Agent Lou Koven. Lou works closely with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Outbound Enforcement Team and the CHP FEAR Team.  Lou spoke about how U.S. Customs, NICB, and the CHP FEAR Team can assist in investigations involving suspected export fraud as well as sharing some of the recent recovery cases. 

Guest Speaker A.G. SpeakeGuest Speaker A.G. SpeakeThe Guest Speaker at the March 2019 OCATI Meeting was California Highway Patrol / SLOCATT Investigator A.G. Speake, who is also a Certified iVe Vehicle Forensics Instructor.  A.G. discussed Berla Corporation (USA), whose goal is to create awareness of the investigative applications for the data stored in infotainment and telematic systems.  Included in the presentation was an Overview of what can be acquired from infotainment and telematics systems within a vehicle, the non-destructive methods to acquire and analyze the info, real life cases and studies at local and national levels, discussion on the OEMs currently supported by iVe and vehicle forensics tool kit, and a live demo of vehicle take-a-part.

Guest Speaker Carolyn LoveGuest Speaker Carolyn LoveThe Guest Speaker at the February 2019 OCATI Meeting was California Highway Patrol Investigator Rich Cominos, currently assigned to the United States Secrete Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (USSS - ECTF), Los Angeles, as a digital forensic examiner.  Rich spoke about digital evidence and vehicle theft, as is related to the collection of such evidence, what types of artifacts you can expect to find, limitations and legal issues.

Guest Speaker Carolyn LoveGuest Speaker Carolyn LoveThe Guest Speaker at the January 2019 OCATI Meeting was Carolyn Love, OfferUp Community Safety Program Manager, who gave sharing tips and information about how how OfferUp works with Law Enforcement on criminal cases and investigations. She walked through the tools OfferUp employs to support Law Enforcement and how OfferUp will investigate, respond to, detect and deter criminal activity.

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