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Coheed And Cambria Bassist Michael Todd Arrested For Armed Robbery

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In probably the weirdest story of the year: Coheed and Cambria’s bass player, Michael Todd, was arrested for allegedly robbing a Walgreens just hours before his band was set to open for Soundgarden in Massachusetts. You may be asking yourself  ”Why would a successful rock star rob a drug store?”. The answer: Oxycontin is a hell of a drug.

Coheed and Cambria were scheduled as the opening band for Soundgarden’s show tonight in Boston. They were forced to go onstage with a guitar tech handling bass duties, while regular bassist Michael Todd tried on a pair of shiny bracelets and met his new roomates.

TMZ reports that Todd allegedly entered a Walgreens in Attleboro, Massachusetts and held up the pharmacy claiming he had a bomb. The Coheed bassist relayed that message via his phone by showing it to the pharmacist, and then demanding the drug often called synthetic heroin: Oxycontin. The report says Todd made off with six bottles of the drug and left the scene in a taxi cab.

The police tracked the cab to the Comcast Center, where the band was scheduled to perform, and arrested Michael Todd after he was identified by the cab driver, the pharmacist, and the video surveillance footage. He is being charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics, his bail is set at $10,000 and he will face a judge on the charges Monday morning (7/11).

According to Aceshowbiz, Coheed and Cambria Frontman Claudio Sanchez had this to say of his bandmate:

“Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour.Wes Styles, long time member of the Coheed family will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be canceled. We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Quebec City and Halifax.”

We will bring you more details on this story as they become available, but it doesn’t look like Coheed will be playing ‘Welcome Home’ for their bassist anytime soon.

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