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Store employee uses baseball bat to stop burglar with underwear on his head

Horatio Coates, 46, was arrested at a Dollar General in Oklahoma City wearing underwear over his head and trying to steal DVD players, police said.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm •  Published: July 20, 2012

A Dollar General employee used a baseball bat to subdue a robber wearing underwear over his head, court papers show.

The worker was in the back room of the store at 33 SE 59 on Sunday when he heard the sound of glass breaking, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday in Oklahoma County District Court.

The employee looked at a video surveillance monitor and saw a man behind the checkout register. The man was wearing black shorts, a red shirt and gloves. He also used a pair of men's black underwear to cover his face, police reported.

The robber had thrown a brick through a glass door to gain entry about 5:35 p.m.

The worker approached the robber, who was still behind the counter putting DVD players in a bag. He used a bat to take the man into custody, police said.

Horatio Coates, 46, was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a burglary complaint. He remained in custody Friday, with bail set at $12,000, a jail official said. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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