News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, July 23, 2012
HARLEM, Ga. -- We are learning new details in the case against Scott Dean's adopted daughter, Marlin Dean.
Investigators say Marlin, who goes by Lilly, took about $26,000 worth of jewelry from her mother's Harlem home. Marlin currently lives in an Augusta home.
Finding the suspected culprit was only the beginning -- retrieving the jewelry is proving to be a bigger challenge. Investigators say she pawned the jewelry.
Matt Butler with Downtown Pawn Shop in Augusta has been in the business for 12 years.
"I say nine times out of 10, I'd say it's family members that are stealing from each other or have stolen from each other," he said.
Somewhere scattered throughout pawn shops and jewelry repair shops in our area is $26,200 worth of Renee Dean's stolen goods.
Columbia County Sheriff's Investigator Jason Hilley said, "We're able to track who sold what, when, where. The only question we need is why."
Investigators in Columbia County say you will have to ask 19-year-old Marlin. You can find her behind the barbed wire, but as for Mrs. Dean's jewelry: "Just cause she sold it that day, a friend could have sold it two hours later, another piece of jewelry, somewhere else," Hilley said.
According to the police report, Mrs. Dean was out of town last week when Marlin saw a window of opportunity, taking pieces like a gold wedding band, diamond and sapphire ring, a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings and not leaving without a man's wedding band.
Investigator Hilley said, "She [Renee] contacted Harlem again with the information and it's just coincidence, I guess, that we had one of our crime scene investigators already there already pulling video on the whole thing."
They were able to recover some pieces from a shop off busy Washington Road. Surveillance helped them, but they say Marlin wasn't alone.
Investigators are pretty sure they will be able to recover many of the missing pieces, but it's also a lesson for you at home.
Investigator Hilley, "Pictures, videos, documentation of all the valuables that you have."
Back at Downtown Pawn Shop, Butler reminds you, "That's why it's so important you file a police report on anything that you have stolen."
Investigators say Marlin made about a grand just from some pieces they've retrieved so far.
They are actively working with Harlem Police to get Mrs. Dean's jewelry back, but they'll need to identify who helped Marlin pawn the jewelry.