Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean’s adopted daughter and another woman have been indicted for burglarizing Dean’s wife’s home and selling jewelry stolen there, according to court documents released Thursday.
A grand jury indicted Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Ansley Court in Martinez, and Eva Lopez-Macais Nevarez on a burglary charge. Dean also was indicted on a charge of theft by receiving stolen property.
Dean was arrested July 21 in Harlem. She’s accused of stealing jewelry from her adoptive mother, Renee Meyer Dean.
A judge refused to grant a bond for Marlin Dean at an Aug. 14 preliminary hearing, saying she posed a significant flight risk. She’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
Renee Dean said she was out of town for five days and returned home July 20. The next morning, “she awoke and found a bracelet lying on the floor alerting her to check her jewelry box,” Harlem Department of Public Safety Officer Chet Hopkins said at the August hearing.
Renee Dean called authorities and reported about $26,000 worth of jewelry missing from the bedroom of her North Hicks Street home in Harlem.
Nevarez told authorities that she took Marlin Dean to a Martinez pawn shop where she pawned a 1-carat diamond engagement ring set, worth $5,000, for $750, and possibly a gold heart necklace, Hopkins said. She used her passport for identification and there is video surveillance footage of the transaction.
The ring was identified by Renee Dean and recovered as was a topaz ring Marlin Dean pawned at a shop in Augusta on May 9.