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Robert Thomas "Bob" Orr, 71, of Black Mountain, faces five felony charges of peeping using electronic devices after a spy camera was discovered in his business' bathroom, according to Black Mountain police and search warrants filed in Buncombe County.

One of the victims discovered the camera when an iPad pinged in the showroom of Black Mountain Stove & Chimney, Orr's store on Black Mountain Avenue, on May 23, according to the search warrant.

Documents say the female victim opened the iPad to find several "motion detected" alerts containing pictures of the women's bathroom. She identified approximately 50 images of herself, including pictures in which she is partially naked while using the toilet.

Dismantling the air vent in the women's bathroom revealed a pin-hole camera behind the air filter, the search warrant stated. Orr called the victim by phone when she removed the camera and said he had remote access to the footage. 

When questioned by Black Mountain police on May 30, Orr said he did not dispute the that version of events, according to the warrant. 

Rental property also involved

Orr owns rental properties in Black Mountain, according to law enforcement documents, and at least one of the "peeping" images on the iPad is "reported to be a renter at one of those properties."

Documents indicate that Orr owns a handful of properties along Vance Street in downtown Black Mountain between Spring Street and Black Mountain Avenue. Several appear to be unoccupied commercial buildings, such as the former location of Black Mountain Stove & Chimney.

In addition to his personal residence, Orr also owns two other homes, one on the 200 block of Vance Avenue in Black Mountain and another on Meeks Road in Ridgecrest. It is unclear if those properties are rented or involved in the case.

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