Blake Schnabel has been a Sergeant for over five years and has been with the California Highway Patrol for over 26 years. Sergeant Schnabel is currently assigned as the supervisor of the CHP’s Field Support Section – Vehicle Theft Unit which has oversight of his Department’s Detective Program, Investigative Operations, Cargo Theft, Foreign Export and Recovery, Organized Retail Theft, Salvage Vehicle Inspection Program, Vehicle Inspection Number Program, License Plate Reader Program, and Critical Incident Investigation Team Investigations. Prior assignments include Valley Division’s Investigative Services Unit with the Sacramento County Auto Theft Suppression Team (SACCATS) from 2013 to 2016, the Sacramento Organized Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force (AB 1050) with the California Department of Insurance from 2007 to 2013. Sergeant Schnabel has worked auto theft and auto fraud investigations for the past 20 years in organized auto theft, VIN-switched vehicles, bait cars, license plate reader technology, and trailer thefts. Sergeant Schnabel has also worked auto insurance fraud investigations specializing in vehicle arsons, owner give-ups, and has written over 110 search warrants and court orders. Sergeant Schnabel is qualified and has testified as an expert witness in Municipal, State, and Federal Courts.
Sergeant Schnabel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno. Sergeant Schnabel has been an active board member of Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association – Northern Chapter in California since 2005 and is one of their Past-Presidents. Sergeant Schnabel is a member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and currently is a member of their Vehicle Crimes Leadership Workgroup. Sergeant Schnabel also is a current member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and currently serves as a member on their Vehicle Crimes Committee.