Moss man says arrest was a Halloween misunderstanding

HILLSBORO, OR (NBC) - An Oregon burglary suspect arrested while clad in full sniper camouflage appeared in court to face charges that he was trying to burglarize the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.

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

Police said earlier this month that 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 the hole, 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, he said before heading into court. "And it's 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."

Liascos wouldn't elaborate further about why he was near the museum, but he 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," he said.

A judge set his next appearance for November.

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