Couple Gets Robbed Twice, Comes Up With Ill-Advised Plan

They ended up being the ones arrested after bike-bait scheme
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Updated Jan 18, 2020 7:00 AM CST
Couple Gets Robbed Twice, Comes Up With Ill-Advised Plan
Savannah Grillot and Corey Curnutt.   (Visalia Police Department)

A California couple who say they were sick of getting robbed after moving into their new home ended up behind bars when they decided to get revenge. Corey Curnutt, 25, and Savannah Grillot, 29, say that a burglar broke into their car the very first night they spent in their Visalia home, and that another one did the same thing just a few nights later. So they decided to take action, leaving a bicycle outside their home and then, when someone came to nab it, allegedly beating the would-be thief with aluminum baseball bats, ABC 7 reports. Police say they did this to at least four people between July and November of last year, posting videos of the beatings to YouTube, but neighbors say there were many more victims than that, Fox News reports.

Curnutt and Grillot, who never reported any of the alleged bike thieves to police, were ultimately detained themselves and booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. They're currently out on bail. Police say the public YouTube videos, which have since been taken down, helped them make an arrest; neighbors had reported the scheme to police. One neighbor says the suspects are nice people, but "we had mentioned, 'Maybe it's not the best idea, you're kind of bringing them into the neighborhood that might not be here otherwise'. And it was a lot, it was every night, and just a lot of activity." She adds the couple moved away about a month ago. As for the victims, more could come forward, but a Visalia police lieutenant explains, "They're reluctant victims, so they're not wanting to come out and say, 'Yeah, I was stealing a bike and got assaulted.'" (More weird crimes stories.)

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