Police arrested a man claiming he is former White Zombie drummer Phillip Buerstatte for allegedly defrauding a rehab center out of $75,000. He is also accused of defrauding a rehabilitation center in Novato. However, authorities identified the man as 46-year-old Loren Breckenridge.
The Marin Independent Journal reports Breckenridge arranged to stay at the Alta Mira drug and alcohol rehab center for a month, but left after two weeks. Breckenridge allegedly paid the Alta Mira with fraudulent check and bank account information. A bulletin issued by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Centers says he has defrauded at least four rehab centers in the United States.
Breckenridge also reportedly has warrants for his arrest out of Minnesota and Florida for theft and possession of stolen property. Police say he has numerous arrests in other states for forgery, passing fictitious checks, theft and vehicle theft.
For these latest alleged crimes, he was booked on felony charges of using an account card without approval, making or passing fictitious checks, obtaining credit with another person’s identification, burglary and a misdemeanor charge of giving a false identification to police. Breckenridge was being held in Marin County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Police are still trying to figure out if Breckenridge uses Phllip Buerstatte as a stage name, or if he was impersonating the musician. Buerstatte was White Zombie’s drummer from 1992 to 1994, but did not appear on any studio albums. He was also in the Wisconsin metal band Last Crack from 1986 to 1997.
MANSFIELD, Mass. —
The bass player for a rock band has been arrested and charged with robbing a Massachusetts pharmacy of prescription painkillers just hours before a show.
Attleboro police say Michael Todd, bassist for Coheed and Cambria, entered the Walgreen's pharmacy after 1 p.m. on Sunday and showed the pharmacist a note on his phone saying he had a bomb.
Police say the 30-year-old Todd, of Anaheim, Calif., then made off with six bottles of Oxycontin and fled in a cab headed to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, where his band was to open for Soundgarden that night. He was arrested at the concert hall before the show, and the band played without him.
He's scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Attleboro District Court.
The band's website says the tour will continue.