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Duo charged in over 30 incidents, police searching for other possible victims

On January 10 the Asheville Police Department arrested Dennis Gates Miller and Hope Elizabeth Baker. The two are linked to over two dozen breaking and entering, larceny of motor vehicle and possession of stolen good incidents across the city and county within the last month. (Photo credit: Asheville Police Department)

The Asheville Police Department is working with several communities to find possible victims of a duo arrested earlier this month.

Dennis Gates Miller and Hope Elizabeth Baker were arrested by the Asheville Police Department on January 10, 2017. The two are linked to over two dozen breaking and entering, larceny of motor vehicle and possession of stolen good incidents across the city and county within the last month.

These incidents affected over 30 victims.

At VJ's car repair on Lyman staff tell Mews 13 a truck was stolen overnight more than two weeks ago. They say the thieves tried to make off with a second truck, but couldn't start it.

In the 30-plus years of business, staff say a car had never before stolen from their lot.

A Honda Passport was also stolen, according to police, by Miller and Baker during the past 30 days. The owner of a Honda Passport says Asheville police told him his car ended up involved in two hit-and-run crimes, and was ultimately impounded.

Miller has been charged with 15 felonies and 10 misdemeanors stemming from this string of crimes. Baker has been charged with two felonies.

As the investigation into these incidents continues, additional charges are possible. Both are currently being held at the Buncombe County Detention Center.

Miller is being held without bond, and Baker has a $49,000 bond.

The Asheville Police Department continues to work with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, the Woodfin Police Department, NC State Highway Patrol and the Fletcher Police Department to locate the victims affected by Miller and Baker.

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents they are encouraged to contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050.

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