Vanilla Ice was in hot water following his arrest for grand theft. That said, it looks like things have cooled down for the rapper-turned-house flipper. According to E! Online, Vanilla Ice (aka Robert Van Winkle) will not face any burglary charges, as they’ve been dropped.
According to his lawyer, Bradford Cohen, Vanilla Ice of The Vanilla Ice Project will instead participate in community service and will owe restitution. The amount he owes is $1,333, and he will have to complete 100 hours of community service for Habitat for Humanity.
At the time of his arrest, police said, “During the investigation, it was determined Robert Matthew Van Winkle played a role in the burglary and theft. 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.”
When he was released, Vanilla Ice openly spoke with reporters about being charged and said the whole thing was just a big mix up.
“It’s a misunderstanding, it was blown out of proportion. 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. It’ll all get cleared up. You’ll see.”
As for whether this was a part of his DIY show, Ice told reporters back in February, “I wish it was. There’s nothing fun about this. I wish everybody all the best, and maybe some of the good news will travel this fast in the future.”
Vanilla Ice was accused of stealing from a home on the same block that he lived on. He was accused of stealing furniture, bicycles, and a pool heater. Van Winkle went in to speak with detectives, and after he gave statements, he was charged and taken into custody.
— Confused as ever…. (@SteveJohnsy) April 2, 2015
— Jody Haggard (@LawrenceJody) April 2, 2015
stop. mediate and listen. ice why are you in the neighbor’s kitchen. RT @guardian Vanilla Ice accepts plea deal in Florida burglary
— Jason Gay (@jasonWSJ) April 2, 2015
— Michael Duodu-Opare (@vhypa) April 2, 2015
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