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Pillowcase burglar sentenced

by Taylor Pettaway
tpettaway@nevadaappeal.com

Tracey Lock

A man convicted of a Gardnerville armed robbery more than a decade ago, was sentenced in Carson City to up to 10 years on Monday for his role in the pillowcase burglaries.

Tracey Lee Lock, 41, received the maximum of 48-120 months in prison for his role in as many as 30 burglaries that occurred in Douglas County, Washoe Valley and Carson City.

Lock is scheduled to be sentenced in Douglas County on Nov. 9. He faces 6-15 years in prison for his involvement in burglaries here.

While facing multiple counts of burglary in all three jurisdictions, Lock entered guilty pleas to one count in Carson and another in Douglas.

He is required to pay restitution of $133,087 in all the cases.

Lock was originally thought to be the ring leader of the group, but Carson City Assistant District Attorney Kristen Luis said that he cooperated with police after he was arrested and helped the police narrow down where the group hit, what was taken, and where some of the stolen items could be found.

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"He essentially helped close the case in all three counties," Luis said.

Lock said he was sorry for what he had done, and said that the actions were because of a drug and gambling problem he had at the time.

"Your conduct has had a major impact on the residents of Carson City," said Judge James Russell. "To the extent that I can, with one count of burglary, I sentence you to no probation and a maximum of 120 months.

Lock has yet to appear in court in Washoe County for his involvement in cases pending in that jurisdiction.

Lock was one of a half dozen people arrested in February by the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

Also facing charges in Douglas County is Travis Lieberwirth, 37, whose attorney is negotiating in several jurisdictions to resolve his charges. Lieberwirth is scheduled to return to Douglas County District Court on Oct. 28.

The pillowcase burglaries got their name because burglars took one from the scene of their break-ins to haul off the valuables.

The burglars would focus on jewelry, small electronics and other items that were easy to carry away.

Douglas County homes on Kingsbury Grade, East Valley Road, Lindsay Lane and Fuller Avenue were among those targeted by the burglars.

In one of the burglaries, a woman came home two days before Christmas to find all the presents had been opened.

A break in the case occurred in a Foothill Road neighborhood when a gold Dodge Neon was spotted in the neighborhood.

Investigators traced the Neon to Lieberwirth, which led them to Lock.

According to documents filed in support of charges against the two men, Lieberwirth allegedly told investigators he was a lookout while Lock went into the houses.