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The Zenith Passage drummer caught stealing item after show

Friday, June 24, 2016 10:10 AM PT

The Zenith Passage drummer stealing e-cigarette

Earlier this week, The Faceless and California death metal act The Zenith Passage played a show at the Lookout Lounge in Omaha, NE (the two bands toured together briefly this month). Following the show, a moderately expensive electronic cigarette owned by a club employee named Walter was stolen from the venue. Unfortunately for the thief, the room in which the item was stolen is under video surveillance, and the video was posted online two days later, revealing the culprit to be The Zenith Passage drummer Luis Martinez.

When the video was posted, it was accompanied by this message: "Someone from The Zenith Passage came in my place of employment at roughly 12:40am on tuesday looking for a lost wallet. In the process they STOLE my electronic cigarette, which retailed at well over a hundred dollars. I am angry. I have video evidence. Fuck liars, fuck thieves. Share this so promoters and fans know who they are dealing with."

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Two hours after the video went online, The Faceless posted this:

"Walter, we are incredibly sorry for that member of The Zenith Passage's behavior. We had nothing to do with this, but we feel bad that it happened to you. Stealing is NOT something that we condone. We would like to purchase a new electronic cigarette for you, and give you free tickets to our next show in your city. Please email our manager, and we will send you money for a new electronic cigarette."

Minutes later, The Zenith Passage offered this:

"Hey Walter, we assume responsibility for our drummer Luis taking the e cigarette. We had absolutely no idea what happened that night with him as he was drunk and has no memory of it happening, nor is it a true judgement of his character. We completely apologize. Please don't cast judgement on The Faceless as they had no involvement and also had no clue. Luis will be contacting you shortly for mailing address to send it back. Once again apologies and we hope you will forgive Luis and his dumb, drunken actions."

Finally, Martinez himself surfaced to apologize:

"I take responsibility for my actions and deeply apologize. As was said I was black out drunk with no memory of what happened even though thats still no excuse and isnt a good judgement of my character. As we all know when people get black out drunk their judgement and decisions are no longer in the hands of your logical self. I'd also like to apologize to the venue and all of you just a mistake made by impaired judgement. Walter and I have made amends and have made arrangements to clear things up. The Faceless had nothing to do with this neither did my band mates."

UPDATE: We've been informed that Martinez has mailed the e-cig back. Additionally, The Zenith Passage has reportedly returned $200 of their guarantee as a "peace offering."

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