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Police: California couple baited thieves, beat them with bat

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 20:11:17-05

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A central California couple was arrested after investigators said they lured thieves to their home with the intention of assaulting them, according to a news report Thursday.

Corey Curnutt and Savannah Grillot left an unattended bicycle outside their residence and when it was taken they allegedly chased the thieves and beat them with an aluminum bat, KFSN-TV reported. It wasn't immediately known if they have attorneys.

"They would run out, chase down that subject, assault that subject and recover their bike, but they would never call us," said Visalia Police Lt. Ron Epp.

Police began investigating Curnutt and Grillot after clips of the bait bike videos began appearing on YouTube last July, Epp said.

There are at least four victims who were beaten, but there could be more, investigators said.

"They're reluctant victims, so they're not wanting to come out and say, 'yeah, I was stealing a bike and got assaulted,'" Epp said.

Both suspects are in the Tulare County jail and could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.