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Supposed White Zombie Drummer Arrested

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Sausalito police arrested a man claiming to be the former drummer for heavy metal band White Zombie on suspicion of defrauding numerous drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the area. Police said Alta Mira Recovery Center informed them Thursday that a man claiming to be Phil Buerstatte, White Zombie's former drummer, arranged to stay at the center but left treatment early and tried to pay the bill with a $75,000 fradulent check and false bank account information.

Sausalito police then learned that Novato police were also interviewing the man claiming to be Buerstatte about a similar crime in Novato. A Novato rehabilitation center told Novato police “Buerstatte” was staying at their facility and was the subject of a bulletin issued by the National Association of Addiction Centers. The bulletin said someone identifying himself as Phil Buerstatte had defrauded at least four rehabilitation centers across the country by leaving the centers without paying.

When the suspect was booked into the Marin County jail, a fingerprint examination revealed his true identity as 46-year-old Loren Breckenridge. Police are still determining whether the suspect is actually Phil Buerstatte, someone else using his name, or is really Loren Breckenridge and uses Phil Buerstatte as a stage name.

Breckenridge has an extensive criminal past, with warrants for his arrest in Florida and Minnesota for theft and possession of stolen property.

“Buerstatte” is scheduled to be arraigned in Marin County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.

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