Ex-Police Explorer enters ‘not guilty’ plea in Island County Superior Court

A former Police Explorer accused of stealing a police car and impersonating an officer on the Navy base was arraigned Monday in Island County Superior Court.

Josue A. Capellan, a 20-year-old Oak Harbor resident, pleaded not guilty to taking a motor vehicle without permission, criminal impersonation in the second degree, theft in the third degree, and possession of a pistol by a person over 18 and under 21.

Capellan wore the bright orange jail uniform at the hearing. He is being held in jail on $15,000 bail.

According to Oak Harbor police, Capellan was the longest-tenured member of the department’s Explorer program, which is meant to educate young people interested in careers in public service about the realities of police work.

Capellan allegedly stole a Taser, a police badge, a “key fob” for a patrol car and other items from the police department. In May, he dressed in a police uniform and drove the patrol car onto Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

He allegedly masqueraded as an officer, according to the police report.

Capellan also allegedly admitted driving the car around the Navy’s Ault Field Base, Rocky Point and the Seaplane Base. He said he activated the lights and sirens while on the base, the report states.

Police reports said Capellan was allegedly armed with a handgun, but that he claimed it wasn’t loaded at the time.

The investigation started earlier this month after an officer received a tip that Capellan identified himself as a police officer to several military security officers on or around May 10.




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