Vanilla Ice, arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft


Vanilla Ice, arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft (1)

Vanilla Ice reportedly store furniture from an adjacent vacant house while renovating a house for his show “The Vanilla Ice Project.” He has now been arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft.

Vanilla Ice was arrested in Lantana, Florida on Wednesday, February 18 by the Lantana Police Department, and was charged with burglary residence and grand theft.

Vanilla Ice (real name Robert Matthew Van Winkle) allegedly broke into a vacant house, which was going through foreclosure, in Lantana sometime between December and February. The rapper, who was renovating a house for DIY Network’s show “The Vanilla Ice Project”, reportedly stole furniture from the vacant house next to the renovated house and took them to the renovated house. The items which were stolen included a pool heater and bicycles.

Lantana Police Department said, “During the investigation, it was determined Robert Matthew Van Winkle played a role in the burglary and theft. Mr. Van Winkle is currently renovating the residence adjacent to the property in which the items were stolen. A search warrant was obtained and executed in unincorporated Palm Beach County in which several of the stolen items were recovered at a residence under the care and control of Robert Van Winkle.” Police adds the stolen property has “since been returned to its rightful owner.”

DIY Network told CNN, “DIY Network has been made aware of this situation and is currently looking into the matter.”

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