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Suspected Edgewood Burglar Calls 911 on Self After Fearing Bite from K9

A man is behind bars after calling 911 on himself.

Kenton County Sheriff's Deputy Miguel Rodriguez and his K9 partner Santo arrived in Edgewood to assist police from that city's department as well as from Lakeside Park with a possible burglary suspect inside a home.

Then, Kenton County Dispatch received a call via 911 from a man claiming to be the suspected burglar. He was told to exit the home peacefully or face a possible bite from Santo.

Robert Coale, 43, complied and surrendered peacefully.

That's when investigators determined that Coale allegedly broke into to two houses and had attempted to break into a third, all after having allegedly stolen a car in Florence and being involved in several accidents with injuries in Erlanger. He fled the area on foot to avoid detection, a news release said.

Coale is now in the Kenton County Detention Center where he faces charges of first degree assault, second degree burglary, first degree wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and for an outstanding warrant from outside the county.

He is being held on $50,000 and $10,000 bonds and is expected to appear in court on October 8.

Rodriguez and Santo were recently honored at the Kenton County Fiscal Court and by the City of Ludlow following their heroic actions in apprehending an active shooter in that river city.

-Staff report

Photo: Robert Coates/Kenton Co. Detention Center