Marcus Alley, 33, told police that his brother, TJ Steel, 24, of Susan Lane, took photos of himself with a badge and gun — without the owner’s knowledge — and then posted the pictures to his Facebook page, according to a police report.
The gun and badge likely belong to Tom Roy, a Sandusky County park ranger who is the father of a woman Steel knows, Alley told the Register.
Alley provided copies of the photographs to a Register reporter. In one photo, Steel is seen holding the gun and badge. Alley said the caption with the photo on Facebook read, “This how we get down son let’s go friskin n see what we can get.”
In the second photo, Steel is seen with a smoking pipe hanging from his mouth, with the badge pinned on his shirt and a baggie of what appears to be plant-like material in hand. Alley said the caption to that photo stated, “Stop and get high in the name of the law.”
The photos were allegedly taken inside the park ranger’s Clyde home, Alley said.
When a Register reporter reached him by phone Wednesday and told him about the police report, Roy knew nothing of the alleged incident. “I am not aware of it,” Roy said, when asked about the photos. “You can tell by my tone right now, this is like ... wow.”
Roy said he knows Steel. “I will tell you this, I am familiar with him,” he said. “It’s been over a year since I saw him.”
Roy said he plans to pass the information to his boss. “I’ll talk to my supervisor,” he said. “I’m going to have him investigate this.”
Steel’s brother said Sandusky police indicated there is little they can do with the information, as the badge and gun seem to belong to a law enforcement employee in another jurisdiction.