Ex-commissioner’s daughter arrested
The oldest adopted daughter of former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean, convicted of child molestation last year, was recently arrested for burglary and theft by receiving stolen property.
Marlin Azucena Dean, 19, of Ansley Court in Augusta, was arrested Saturday in Harlem. She is 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 he said Marlin Dean could have pawned at other shops.
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.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Thieves steal items from unlocked cars
A Martinez man told deputies that a witness saw a thief inside his vehicle Thursday night.
A woman said she went outside an Evanston Drive home just before 11 p.m. to smoke a cigarette. She saw a stranger inside the man’s vehicle.
The man said he looked through his vehicle and discovered a .32-caliber Kel-Tec pistol missing from the glove box. The car and the glove box were unlocked at the time.
In the Harlem area, several residents called authorities Monday after finding that someone stole items from inside several cars.
A 23-year-old man told deputies that someone stolen several items including a MacBook out of his vehicle while it was parked at his home on Kings Way late Sunday or early Monday.
An Old Augusta Highway resident said during the same time period, someone stole $82 in cash, 30 CDs and a pack of cigarettes from her son’s truck and a GPS unit and $2 out of her sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles were left unlocked.
A third victim, a 65-year-old residents of Dogwood Trail, told deputies that overnight Sunday, someone stole from inside two of his vehicles. The man said someone stole 20 CDs, a pair of prescription sunglasses, a watch and medication from a Toyota Camry and a small toolbox filled with hand tools from his Ford truck. Both vehicles were unlocked.
Student loans owed in Evans man’s name
An Evans man told deputies Friday that someone using his name to get student loans.
The 30-year-old man said he was contacted on July 16 by a member of the Secret Service, who said someone used his name and Social Security Number to get student loans.
He discovered that on Feb. 16, someone used his information to get two loans from the U.S. Department of Education and Sallie Mae. The loans totaled $3,287.
Wallet stolen from truck
A man called authorities Saturday morning after he said a stranded motorist stole his wallet.
The 27-year-old man said he was at the Circle K car wash at 3936 Washington Road in Martinez at about 9:30 a.m., when a motorist approached asking if the man would jump off his vehicle. While the man unlatched the hood of his truck, he said the man stole his wallet from inside the truck.
The victim said he realized a short time later that the wallet was missing and cancelled all his credit cards. He wasn’t sure if someone tried to use them.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for July 15-21:
Medical calls, 27; activated fire alarms, eight; vehicle wrecks, seven; investigations, three; mutual aid/public safety assistance, two; CPR in progress, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; damage from inclement weather, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; assist citizens, one; structure fire, one; and vehicle fire, one.