Ore. burglary defendant arrested in Michigan



HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon burglary defendant dubbed “Moss Man” has been arrested in Michigan on a felony warrant after he failed to show up for his trial.

Gregory Liascos is accused of breaking into the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in a Portland suburb. Police say he was arrested in a “ghillie” suit outside the museum in October 2010. A ghillie suit is head-to-toe camouflage designed to resemble heavy foliage.

Washington County, Ore., sheriff’s Sgt. David Thompson said Monday that Liascos was arrested Saturday night in an area outside Detroit where he has relatives.

Liascos failed to show up Oct. 11 for his trial on burglary and theft charges.

Police allege the 37-year-old Portland man had cut a hole in a museum wall.

Officers found a bike and a backpack, then a police dog bit what appeared to be the ground. It was Liascos. He has said the whole thing was a mix-up and the outfit was a Halloween costume.