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Past President Bill Robertson
Hospitalized (Posted 04/22/12)
Subject: Bill Robertson
From: Randy Ballin <email@example.com
Date: Sun, April 22, 2012 11:24 am
To: Gary Labb
Gary: Don't know if you have this info, but past pres Bill Robertson had a lung transplant at UCLA med ctr. He was having early complications, including pneumonia, but he has apparently responded to meds for that. They have also placed a temporary pacemaker. As of today, he is ventilating on his own and is in stable condition. I don't believe he is taking calls at this time, but that may change in a few days. If you could pass the word to the wsati folks, it would be appreciated.
From: Connors, Christine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2007 9:43 AM
Subject: Joe Brosius' retirement
The dates are October 5th and 6th.
OK here are the details of the planned Vegas trip for Joe’s retirement. The hotel that we are planning to stay is Sahara . The hotel is located at the North end of the strip. The hotel has the Monorail connected to it so it will be easy to get all around the strip without having to walk every where. Plane tickets prices through Southwest are 138 with taxes and fees. The rooms are running 120.00 per night.
Once we get to Vegas we were wanting to plan a couple of get togethers with each other. The first was dinner on Friday night after everybody arrives. The second was a show with the Blue Man group on Saturday either at 1900 hrs or 2200 hrs. The Blue Man Group is running $126.00. The Blue Man Group is assigned seating so we will need to get these ahead of time.
If we can get feed back on whether you plan to partake in the festivities in Vegas and whether you plan to go to the dinner and/or Blue Man group so we can get an idea of the numbers.
Det. Christine Connors #11798
From: Bill Lovold <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, June 9, 2006
INFORMATION ON BBQ FUNDRAISERS FOR LAPD OFFICER KRISTINA RAPATTI
Gary... Some additional info on BBQ fundraisers for Ofcr Rapatti to be held at other locations & on different days…
(From Nick Zingo, Training Division)
Read your notice re: Rapatti at Southwest Station.
FYI: For those who cannot make it to SW Station on the 14th of June there will be TWO other fundraisers:
One at the Davis Training Facility on Thursday, June 15th between 1100 and 1600 hours
And one at Rampart on June 21st -- see below:
RAMPART FUNDRAISER: Officer Needs Help!
Join us in a BBQ Fundraiser for Officer Kristina Ripatti on June 21, 2006 at 1200 hrs 'til the food runs out! At Rampart Division lower parking lot. All donations go directly to Officer Ripatti, her husband Officer Tim Pearce, and their baby.
Questions? Contact Rampart Gangs at (213) 427-1530
If you have any questions please contact Sergeant Frank Preciado at Southwest Area (213) 485-2580
Kristina and her family thank you for all for your support.
I received the following message from Paul Walters and wanted to update you.
I worked with Joe DeBilio today and the folks from Southwest and Lt. Miller. Joe DeBilio owns DeBilio Food Distributors. He is donating a lot of the food needed and those supplies will start arriving tomorrow at Southwest Div. Joe also supplies the jail food for the city and is a very close friend of mine and is always there in time of need. I pass this along because in my conversation with Lt. Miller a lot of folks are wanting to help and this event has grown very large (2,500 to 3,000) are expected to attend. Miller said that they now have plenty of food and would prefer cash donations no matter what the size. He still continues to be the contact with the previous information. Our Prayers and thoughts go out to Kristina and her family.
Thank You, Paul E. Walters
As you know Southwest officer Kristina Ripatti was shot last Saturday by a robbery suspect and remains hospitalized today. Officer Ripatti will be facing a long and difficult recovery.
Southwest Division will be holding a BBQ fundraiser Wednesday June 14, 2006 to help Officer Ripatti and her family with certain "out of pocket" expenses.
If you can help finance the cost of feeding over 500 people or supply hamburgers, links, potato chips, potato salad, water & soda to feed 500 people, please contact: Officer Beecher or Officer Scott at (213) 847-5800 Southwest Area Community Relations Office, or Lt Miller at the Reserve Section (213) 485-4097.
If you wish to send a check please make out to Tim Pearce (officer Ripatti's husband and fellow officer) and mail to Los Angeles Police Department, Southwest Division, 1546 W. Martin Luther King, Los Angeles, CA 90062.
Lt Miller, OIC Reserve Section, was Officer Ripatti's supervisor while working at Southwest Divsion previously. Lt Miller understands this is a huge request and greatly appreciates any help or size of donation.
Subject: AIS/NER Award - press release
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 10:15:12 -0500
From: "David Shillingford" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You may have seen that Lou Koven and Gabe Marquez were awarded the AIS/NER Award at the beginning of the month at the Rental Show in Orlando. The wording of the original press release may have led to some confusion over Lou and Gabe’s involvement in certain multi-agency operations in 2005 – particularly that in Ventura. I should stress that this was immediately brought to my attention by both Lou and Gabe as soon as the release came out as they had not seen it up to that point, it having been based on the original nomination that we received. We have therefore redrafted the press release and, along with ARA, are making sure that key contacts, such as yourself get a copy of the revised release, particularly if you had planned to post it on the WSATI website (I hope you will!). Word and PDF versions are attached.
It also occurs to me that the audience for the original award ceremony was primarily from the rental industry and it would be great if, in addition to circulating the press release, we could find a way of honoring Lou and Gabe in front of their peers. Do you think it would be possible to honor them at the WSATI conference this year or at a Southern Chapter meeting – or both? I have no doubt that the president of the ARA of California would come along to make the presentation and talk a bit about how the rental industry in California is working with law enforcement.
LOU KOVEN AND GABE MARQUEZ
Two California Law Enforcement Officers Honored for Work Combating Heavy Equipment Theft Special Award Presented at The Rental Show
Feb. 6, 2006 (ORLANDO, FLA.) Two California law enforcement officers were honored earlier today for their efforts in combating heavy equipment theft in the rental equipment industry. The award – the ARA Insurance Services/National Equipment Register (AIS/NER) Award, presented at The Rental Show, the annual convention and trade show of the American Rental Association – went to Detective Lou Koven of the Los Angeles Police Department and Investigator Gabe Marquez of the California Highway Patrol.
The AIS/NER award recognizes a law enforcement officer or agent who has performed exceptional services to the rental industry through the recovery of rental equipment or through theft prevention initiatives.
“These two law enforcement agents have performed exceptional service to our industry through the recovery of stolen rental equipment, prevention initiatives, and by increasing awareness of the magnitude of this issue,” said Phil Kelling, president of ARA Insurance Services.
“Heavy equipment theft is one of the rental equipment industry’s more complex challenges, costing the rental equipment industry hundreds of millions of dollars a year,” said David Shillingford, president of National Equipment Register. “In the ongoing battle with equipment theft, law enforcement officers make an often unrecognized contribution,” he added.
Koven and Marquez were responsible for the identification and recovery of numerous machines and worked extensively with local law enforcement, rental companies, ARA and NER to establish an equipment crime task force that has already had a dramatic effect on equipment theft levels.
ARA Insurance Services and ARA of California, a state association of ARA, granted $1,000 to the Los Angeles Police Department and another $1,000 to the California Highway Patrol to continue assisting rental owners with theft prevention.
The award was established in 2004 as part of the partnership among the American Rental Association (ARA), ARA Insurance Services (AIS) and the National Equipment Register (NER), a partnership central to ARA’s efforts to help their members combat the serious problem of equipment theft in the rental industry.
As a member benefit, ARA offers its members the opportunity, at no cost, to list 1,000 pieces of equipment on the National Equipment Register database. NER’s database and it’s Police Hotline provide law enforcement with 24 hour access to equipment identification experts and data on equipment losses and ownership from equipment owners, insurance companies and manufacturers. This member benefit is endorsed by ARA Insurance Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARA.
ARA, AIS and NER will further demonstrate their commitment to helping law enforcement combat equipment theft by hosting more than 40 law enforcement officers from Florida and surrounding states for specialized theft prevention training during The Rental Show. Officers will attended interactive classroom sessions and acquire hands-on examination of the equipment on exhibit by vendors at The Rental Show. Similar training is offered through ARA’s state associations in partnership with NER.
The American Rental Association (www.ARARental.org) is an international trade association for the owners of equipment rental businesses and the manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment. Domestic annual rental industry revenue is approximately $31.1 billion. ARA members, which include more than 7,500 rental businesses and 1,100 manufacturers and suppliers, are located in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, every Canadian province, and more than 30 countries worldwide. The Rental Show, ARA’s annual convention and trade show, is the world’s largest rental equipment trade show.
The National Equipment Register, Inc. (www.NERusa.com) was established in 2001 to increase the recovery rate of stolen farm and construction equipment by improving the volume, quality and availability of information available to law enforcement investigating suspicious equipment. NER has developed national databases of equipment ownership (13 million records) and theft (80,000 records) and provides this information and equipment identification advice to police 24 hours-a-day. Equipment owners register their equipment with NER to ensure that it can be identified quickly, even before a theft has been reported. Theft is also deterred by placing NER decals on registered equipment to warn thieves of the increases chance of detection and arrest. These processes and relationships have directly resulted in the recovery of over $7 million of stolen equipment, much more if related recoveries are included.
You can reach Lou Koven at
From: Patrick O'Donnell <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2005 10:48 AM
Subject: Lee S. Cole Award
I am sending this e-mail to each of you in order to solicit nominations for the Lee S. Cole Award for 2005. The attachment explains the criterion for the award. Please note that in addition to a plaque; the recipient is entitled to have his/her registration paid to the 2005 WSATI conference and $500.00 cash to supplement expenses.
I would appreciate it if each of you would seek out potential candidates from within your respective WSATI/IAATI organizations.
Nominations should be sent via e-mail to First Vice President Dave Petrelli c/o: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for nominations has been extended to July 15, 2005.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions of concerns, feel free to call or email me.
Patrick J. O'Donnell
From: ROBERT GRAYBILL <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2005 17:54:02 -0700
For a .jpg copy (135kb) of Bob's retirement flyer for Thursday, June 30th, 2005, click here.
From: Henry Brune
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 15:42
To: Gary Labb
Cc: Metz, Karen
Subject: IAATI Awards
Please pass this on to your email list.
The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators sponsors numerous award to deserving investigators. The awards are presented at each years training seminar. IAATI does not pickup the cost of bringing the recipient to the conference, however the prestige to each department should be enough to encourage the departments to send the recipient or those nominated for the awards.
The nominations for the awards need to be in the hand of the executive director by May 1st or each year. The mailing address of the executive director and the criteria for the awards, may be found on the IAATI web site.
There is the IAATI/AGC award: this award is given to an investigator or group for the recognition of work in the recovery of stolen construction equipment. This award carries an honorarium payable to the recipients choice of charities.
The Investigator of the Year: This award is given to an investigator or group for their work in combating auto theft in their work area.
The other awards requirements are outlined on the IAATI web site.
Now is the time to start to write the nominations before it is to late. Recognize your unit or individual members for their hard work.
Subject: One LoJack leads to million dollar equipment recovery
Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2004 11:01:23 -0400
From: Ted Saraf <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gary. please forward to all WSATI members just in case they may have victims.
This is a great example of the value of LoJack installed on construction equipment. One LoJack equipped generator stolen from Las Vegas lead to recovery of equipment valued over a million dollars. The Los Angeles Sheriffs office working with auto theft task force personnel are credited with the recoveries.
RECOVERY STORY FROM LOS ANGELES:
On 7-11-04, thieves broke into a company in the City of Las Vegas NV. They stole an unknown amount of tools and a 2003 MULTI QUIP Whisper-Watt 25KW generator that was removed from its trailer Value ($14,000). A report was initiated and entry was made by Las Vegas Metro PD.
On 7-15-04, approximately 1700 hrs, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lennox Station, picked up the silent LoJack reply code and tracked it to an adders on El Segundo Blvd. This was a multi unit commercial building. With assistance from the LoJack Law Enforcement Liaison in Las Vegas and LVMPD detectives, the deputies received sufficient information and description to obtain a search warrant. LASD detectives from Lennox station wrote up a warrant with the deputies and served this warrant around 2AM on the location. Entry was made into the location and one male adult was taken into custody. The generator was inside the location sitting on a roller dolly and was positively identified as the stolen generator from Las Vegas.
The deputies were overwhelmed when they entered this location as it contained hundreds of construction tools, small generators, saws, hammers, leaf blowers, mechanic tools, various miscellaneous tools, torches, and numerous pallets of stolen boxes containing miscellaneous clothing. There was also a Yale Fork Lift, owner unknown and a small race car go-cart which was later confirmed stolen.
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Cargo-Cats Theft unit responded to continue the investigation. The detectives worked throughout the day loading all the recovered stolen property into two 40 Ft trailers and one Low Boy trailer. Some of the stolen property was identified as far north as Modesto, Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Turlock, Las Vegas and throughout the Southern California, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino areas. Detectives estimated the value of all the stolen property to be between one and two million dollars.
The investigation continues. Lead Investigator from Cargo Cats is Rich Hailey, 310-603-3160
|Subject: VIP Stolen Vehicle
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 10:55:31 -0800
From: LOUIS KOVEN <email@example.com>
Special Attention: All Auto Theft Investigators
The below listed vehicle was stolen from the Arcadia
area on 12/22/03. This is a distinctive vehicle and the victim is Thomas
McKernan, the President/CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California
(AAA). He and his company are big supporters of LE and auto theft prevention
programs. Please notify all your personnel to keep an eye open for this
vehicle, see photo attached. Please pass this on to all interested
|Gone in 68 Years...
Come celebrate the retirement of Border Division's
ISU Sergeant "Benny"
Friday, June 4, 2004
Shelter Pointe Hotel
No Host cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m.
Make checks payable to:
for a flyer for the event, click here.
|Subject: Award of Merit
Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2003 13:38:31 -0700
From: Bill Larocque
Gary would you show a link on your web page concerning
the IAATI Award of Merit, http://www.iaati.org/merit_awards_static.asp,
which is awarded yearly to an individual/group/etc., from law enforcement
active in the investigation of auto theft and related offences. If
there is a case or cases out there that deserve recognition this award
is most appropriate. This year I am the Chair of this award and any
nominations can be sent to be at:
Thanks Gary and as usual you help is very much appreciated...
Bill Larocque, Provincial Manager
Could you post the attachment to your web site concerning the IAATI Awards and as well spread the word among your peers in auto theft what some of them may be eligible for? There are some dandy awards here and I would certainly like to see some of the members from the West win them. You may even be aware of some worthy recipients yourself and if so, please let me know so I can get the names etc. into the committee(s). As well there is an award for the Insuance industry and again I am sure there are many worthy people out there who would qualify. One other award is the off-road award which usually involves quads/mc/ heavy equipment/farm implements etc......
Bill Larocque, Provincial Manager
IAATI ANNUAL AWARDS
1. IAATI AWARD OF MERIT
- This award honors a person, group, department or company in recognition
for outstanding contribution in the area of
For further information on these awards please contact
Bill Larocque at
|Subject: Canadian Vin-switches
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2003 07:28:01 -0800
From: "Theresa Pines"
To: Gary Labb
Could you put this out on the website:
We are attempting to identify an unknown suspect who has sold at least six high dollar VIN-switched vehicles in Orange and Los Angeles Counties in the past two years. The suspect is described as male, white, 5-10 to 5-11, graying brown hair, medium build, mid-forties. The suspect has worn his hair in a ponytail in the past but may be short now. To our knowledge, the last VIN-switched vehicle he sold in Orange County was in November, 2002. For a copy of the counterfeit Canadian driver's license showing a photo of the suspect, contact Investigator Bill Bierer or Therese Pines.
The suspect claims he is from Canada and the vehicles
are all stolen out of Canada. The suspect sometimes has the
victim wire the money to a Canadian bank. The vehicles are all sold
with Arizona titles. The suspect is believed to
|Subject: Re: WSATI Information
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 12:10:20 EST
From: Rob Painter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Gary Labb
I hope your holidays went well.
I thought you may find this interesting. This article is being published in a SIU newsletter this month in order to promote standards in the examination of reported stolen vehicles. There have been no standards and in some cases opinions were confused as fact.
Hopefully no longer will there be a tire expert or a NASA engineer giving conclusions as to how a reported stolen vehicle was last operated.
Have a great day!
Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI
Click Here to download a Word Document titled "The Current Problems and Solutions with Examinations on reported stolen Vehicles"
|Subject: The passing of Lee S. Cole
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 13:38:36 -0700
From: Gary Labb
Ladies and Gentlemen:
If you haven't already heard, a pioneer in auto theft investigation has passed away.
The following is an obituary provided to me by Lisa Hanks of Lee S. Cole & Associates.
Lee Cole died on September 16, 2001 at the age of 74 in his home in Carmel, California due to complications with lung cancer. He attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and later received his law degree in 1950. From 1950-53 he was in the Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Army and served in Germany during this time. From 1955-76, Lee worked for the National Automobile Theft Bureau in San Francisco investigating vehicle theft for the insurance industry.
In 1976 he started his own firm, Lee S. Cole + Associates, Inc. which has been based in Marin County since 1980. Since that time he had become well known as a vehicle fire expert both nationwide and worldwide. Lee Cole was also the first to write a book solely on the subject of vehicle fires and up until 2001, he was traveling internationally doing speaking engagements on this topic. In 1998 he semi-retired from the business and moved from Novato to Carmel where he and his beloved Welsh terrier, Garrett, enjoyed the climate and the beach together. He is survived by his daughter, Leigh Harmer of San Diego, his son, Shawn Cole of Los Angeles, his sister, Betsy Smith of Virginia, and his love, Sonia Lessard of Carmel. His business is being continued by his business partner Lisa J. Hecker of Fairfax, who has been with him since 1985.
There will be a Celebration of Life service in Carmel, California at the Church of the Wayfarer on October 19, 2001 at 3 in the afternoon. The family suggests that instead of flowers that you donate to one of Lee's favorite causes, music or animals. Suggestions are the Carmel Bach Festival, the Monterey Symphony or a non-profit animal organization such as the Animal Rescue Foundation.
|Subject: Re: WSATI Information
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 08:59:10 -0700
From: Jack Bernstein
To: Gary Labb
My name is Jack Bernstein. I am the COO of Locator Technologies, LLC.
I spoke at a past WSATI meeting regarding Locator's database of automobile and truck lien data. For your information, Locator's lien data is now available through NICB. The lien data contained in Locator's database is updated nightly and is obtained directly from lienholders; and thus not subject to tampering or alteration. If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call me at (310) 722-2889.
Jack A. Bernstein
|Subject: Surveillance Vehicle
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 19:10:29 -0700
From: "Curtis J. Cope"
To: Gary Labb
CC: Chuck Murray <email@example.com>
If you might be interested in getting further information about the equipment, I have cc'ed a copy of this message to Chuck. His firm, Sunset Surveillance Vans telephone number is 562-862-2177. I also saw his equipment at the recent COPS WEST conference in Ontario. He has just completed a trunk mounted walk-away portable unit.
Let me know if I can help in any other way.
Curtis J. Cope Consulting
|Subject: Lojack partnership
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 11:19:58 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ted Saraf
LoJack Corporation Selects AirIQ OnLine to Be Service
for Its New
TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2000--AirIQ Inc., a unique wireless application service pro- vider specializing in the emerging telematics industry, and LoJack Corporation , the world leader in stolen vehicle recovery, jointly announced today that they have signed an agreement in which AirIQ will be the exclusive application service pro- provider for LoJack's in-vehicle telematics product for the automotive after- market.
The new LoJack product - expected to be introduced in early 2001 - will allow consumers a suite of safety and security services and commercial customers fleet management capabilities. AirIQ is one of the first companies to gather wireless location and other types of data and deliver it to customers via the Internet.
In announcing LoJack's participation in the agreement, C. Michael Daley, Chair- man, said, "AirIQ's ability as an application service provider (ASP) to marry wireless technology with Internet communication is key to enabling LoJack to provide its customers with a cost effective telematics product which will offer location technology, roadside assistance, collision notification and ''Mayday`` services, as well as asset tracking and remote door unlocking.
"This agreement, along with previously announced agreements with Wireless Link Corporation, to develop a state-of-the-art vehicle telematics product, and with Aeris.net, which transmits information via its Micro-Burst(TM) cellular network utilizing control channels completes the strategic alliances necessary to put LoJack on course to begin our marketing program. Our objective is to provide an affordable safety and security device for individual consumers and a cost effective fleet management tool for small to mid-sized fleets.''
Don Simmonds, President and CEO of AirIQ, said, "AirIQ's
depth of experience
Telematics is the provision of wireless location-based information to and from vehicles.
The foregoing statements concerning expectations for the balance of fiscal 2001 and thereafter are forward-looking statements which involve a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those projected. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, matters affecting the sales of automobiles, and the state of the economy in general, as well as matters affecting the company, such as timing of commencement of operations of new markets and the success and financial condition of the company's new and existing foreign licensees, the results of the company's domestic markets, and other factors which are listed in Exhibit 99 to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2000.
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