The oldest adopted daughter of former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, convicted of child molestation last year, is in jail on charges of burglary and theft by receiving stolen property.
Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Ansley Court in Augusta, was arrested Saturday in Harlem. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adopted mother, Renee Meyer Dean.
Renee Dean returned home from a week-long trip out of town on Friday. She reported to authorities Saturday that about $25,000 worth of jewelry was missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem, Harlem Department of Public Safety Director David Sward said.
“The investigation revealed that Marlin Dean had actually pawned some of the jewelry at a pawn shop in Augusta,” Sward said.
Sward said the investigation is ongoing to locate the remainder of the missing jewelry, which Marlin Dean could have pawned at other pawn shops.
“We’re still looking,” Sward said. “There are numerous pawn shops in the area, so it is going to take us some time to check them all. Hopefully, we’ll find the majority of it or all of it. That’s our goal, to recover it all.”
Sward said pawn shop employees are required to obtain identification from anyone pawning items. The record-keeping is sometimes back-logged, but should help locate the jewelry if Marlin Dean pawned it all.
Marlin Dean’s adopted father, Scott Dean, was convicted in December of molesting another of his adopted daughters. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in February and denied a new trial in June.
Allegations about Scott Dean came to light when Marlin Dean ran away from home and was later found in Mexico. In a phone conversation with investigators, she said Dean had tried to have sex with her. She later recanted.
She is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.