HILLSBORO - A Portland man who was caught hiding in full camouflage gear after burglarizing the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals was sentenced to 16 months in prison Tuesday.
Gregory Liascos, 37, became known in the media as Moss Man after his arrest, due to his unusual outfit and antics. (See photo at left.)
It was a K-9 police team that found and captured him in the woods after the burglary.
Police said the K-9 hit on a spot on the ground then bit down, and then the hiding suspect cried out in pain. Liascos was not seriously hurt.
At the time, he was wearing a full-body Ghillie suit, which is most commonly used by police and military snipers.
Liascos told police he was just wearing a Halloween costume that his kids had given him and initially denied the crime.
Police found evidence that Liascos had cut a hole in a bathroom wall at the museum in Hillsboro so he could get into the building.
Liascos was a no-show for his 2010 trial, so police put out a warrant for his second arrest. He was captured a short time later in Michigan.
He eventually pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary, a second count of second-degree burglary and failure to appear in court. Then, the Washington County Judge sentenced him to 16 months in prison.