Authorities: 'Moss Man' fails to show up for trial

October 12, 2011 - 12:50 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon burglary suspect dubbed "Moss Man" failed to show up at his trial, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Gregory Liascos of Portland earned the "Moss Man" moniker after police say he was found in a full-body camouflage last October outside the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals.

Police say the 36-year-old Portland man had cut a hole in a museum wall and was trying to break in.

Officers found a bike and a backpack, but they didn't find the suspect until a police dog bit what appeared to be the ground. It was Liascos in the camo outfit, looking like a mound of moss.

Liascos later said the whole thing was a mix-up, and the outfit was a Halloween costume his kids had given him.