Apparently opening for Soundgarden doesn't pay very well. Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd was arrested for armed robbery after he allegedly held up a Walgreens by claiming he had a bomb, according to TMZ.
TMZ explains that police in Attleboro, MA believe Todd showed a pharmacist a cell phone note indicating he had a bomb. He then demanded Oxycontin, a powerful pharmaceutical pain killer often described as "hillbilly heroin".
Todd was tracked via the cab he escaped in, and followed to the Comcast Center where his band Coheed and Cambria were gearing up for their opening spot on the Soundgarden reunion tour. Police said Todd was arrested without incident after he was identified by the cab driver, the pharmacist and by store surveillance video.
Todd left the band in early 2006 due to a growing heroin addiction, spending time in rehab. In a telling 2010 interview with The Quietus, the troubled four-stringer alluded to his ongoing struggles to stay clean, documenting his first departure from the band. It's not difficult to imagine he'll have another departure to speak of.
Todd was charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics. He'll be arraigned on Monday morning.
UPDATE: Coheed and Cambria released the following statement via their official site:
"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."