Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, says that his recent burglary arrest is a mess, but he is trying to deal with it.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Van Winkle was arrested last week and charged with home burglary and grand theft. The alleged incident occurred at some point between December and February, 2015, at a million dollar home that was in the process of being foreclosed on. The burglarized home was located near a house that Van Winkle was renovating to sell.
“During the investigation, it was determined Robert Matthew Van Winkle played a role in the burglary and theft,” police said. “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.”
Vanilla Ice was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail, but was later released on a $6,000 bond. When leaving the jail, Van Winkle told reporters that the whole situation was a misunderstanding and was not a part of his show, The Vanilla Ice Project.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 27, 2015
“It’s a misunderstanding, it was blown out of proportion,” the “Ice Ice Baby” rapper told reporters. “It’s sad that good news doesn’t travel this fast. It’s just out of proportion and I wish you guys would focus on all the good things I’ve done.”
“There’s nothing fun about this,” he added. “I wish everybody all the best, and maybe some of the good news will travel this fast in the future. It’ll all get cleared up, you’ll see.”
Van Winkle appeared on Friday’s episode of Good Morning America to promote the fifth season of his DIY Network show, and further elaborated on the incident, telling co-host Laura Spencer that he couldn’t go into much detail but that it was a “mess,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s all blown out of proportion. It’s a mess, and I’m dealing with it.”
In the police report obtained by ABC News, Van Winkle reportedly said that he was planning on purchasing the house in question. However, he did not have an official contract or down payment. Vanilla Ice also explained that he found several of the items on the curb in front of the house and thought they were being thrown out.
The items that were stolen included furniture, a pool heater, bicycles, and other items, and totaled approximately $6,000. They were found in the possession of Vanilla Ice and later returned to their owner.
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