'Moss man' burglary suspect claims Halloween mix-up

'Moss man' burglary suspect claims Halloween mix-up

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by KGW.com Staff and Erica Heartquist

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Posted on December 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 2:15 PM

HILLSBORO -- A burglary suspect arrested while clad in full sniper camoflauge appeared in court to face charges he was trying to burglarize the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals Thursday.

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A K9 unit found 36-year-old Gregory Liascos hiding in the woods, dressed head to toe in camouflage. Liascos was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Police said earlier this month - he'd cut a hole in a bathroom wall here at the museum in Hillsboro so he could get into the building. After the caretaker found a hole in the wall, police installed security to notify them if there was any activity.

Police searched the grounds of the museum and found a bike and a backpack.

Liascos said he was just wearing a Halloween costume his kids gave him.

"I was in a place that I shouldn't have been and I stumbled across something I didn't expect and its created quite a lot of havoc. I said 'well, I think I'll just lie right here until they go by' and then I heard the dog and thought that might be a police dog - and then it bit me and that was no fun."

He wouldn't elaborate further about why he was near the museum but said he was not there to steal any of the museum's minerals or gold.

"I don't believe I would have been able to carry away the safe that I saw in the news that was this tall on a 10 speed bicycle."

A judge set his next appearance for next month.

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