Probation time for burglar

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Linda Grace

McCOOK, Neb. — A McCook woman was sentenced to probation recently in Red Willow County District Court stemming from the burglary of a West 11th Street residence earlier this year.

The woman, 41-year-old Linda Grace, was ordered to serve 24 months probation after accepting a plea agreement admitting guilt to a Class 2A felony burglary charge. The plea dismissed a Class IV felony alleging possession of burglar’s tools and a Class I misdemeanor alleging false reporting.

The charges stemmed from Grace’s arrest in February by McCook police officers responding to a suspicious activity report at 300 West 11th Street, Lot A7.

According to the incident narrative in court documents, arresting officers believed Grace used a lock picking set found lying on the front passenger seat of her red suburban to gain entry into the residence, which led to the felony allegation for possession of burglary tools. Grace claimed to have used a key that she had since lost.

The owner of the residence, Glenn Weaver, denied ever giving Grace a key and said she did not have permission to enter the residence. Weaver identified several items in Grace’s vehicle that had been taken from the residence.

Grace claimed to be homeless and trying to clean the residence up to help the owner out. Weaver said he had agreed to allow Grace to stay in the trailer after he cleaned it up.

Grace repeatedly identified herself as Lisa Lucero at the time of the encounter, also saying she sometimes goes by Lisa Lopez, leading to the false reporting allegation. She also gave law enforcement officers two different birth dates.

Grace was originally arrested on charges of burglary, possession of burglar tools, false reporting, theft by unlawful taking and first-degree trespass, in addition to being wanted on an unrelated Red Willow County bench warrant for failing to pay child support.