Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Hillsboro, Oregon (SafeCITY) - Gregory Liascos, a 36-year-old Portland man was jailed after he allegedly disguised himself like a moss-covered tree before attempting to break into a rock museum.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a caretaker employed at Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals noticed that there was unusual dust in the bathroom on Monday. He cleaned the debris up, but noted that the dust reappeared again on Tuesday.

When even more dust showed up, he followed the dust trail to it's origin and found a large hole that had been made in a wall located behind an elevator shaft.

The caretaker determined that someone had made the hole in attempt to break into the museum and contacted authorities. Detectives set up security cameras and alarms in an attempt to catch the would-burglar in the act..

Investigators say the security alarms were set off around 5:00 a.m. Officers searched the premises, and recovered a bike and a backpack. A K9 unit was called in, and the dog was drawn to a patch of foliage on the property that cried out in pain when the dog bit at it.

An officer inspected the area, and found a man lying on the ground, dressed in a "ghillie suit," a head-to-toe suit used by military snipers and hunters as camouflage.

Liascos was booked into the Washington County Jail and charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Nothing was actually stolen from the museum, which houses gemstones, minerals, fossils and meteorites. Officers state that if Liascos had successfully entered the building, the existing security alarms would have immediately notified police.

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