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Dallas-Bred Vanilla Ice Gets Burned with Arrest and Burglary Charge in Florida

Vanilla Ice has played a lot of different roles over the years. He was, of course, once a rapper, and in fact still the most successful one that Dallas has ever produced. But he's also been a nu metal singer, a movie star (well, he's been in movies anyway), a Juggalo and a liver of the surreal life. But now, following charges filed yesterday in Lantana, Florida, Ice Ice Baby is also an alleged burglar.

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According to USA Today, charges were filed yesterday against real-life Robert Van Winkle for burglary of a residence and grand theft. That's totally not chill, but it's more chill than you may have expected because the crime appears to have taken place sometime between December and this month. So who was he burglarizing? A foreclosed home next to his.

A statement from the Lantana Police Deptartment explains:

"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," the department said.

Among the items Van Winkle has been a accused of stealing are a pool heater and some furniture. Those things can be very expensive, so it's kind of understandable why Mr. Ice might lose his cool and commit such a crime. Regardless of whether or not Ice is actually the guilty party, the items have been returned to their rightful owner.

Granted, Ice also hosts a TV show on DIY Network called "The Vanilla Ice Project " (bet you didn't know that), in which he renovates and flips properties. So maybe this was all just some confusion related to the TV show? Apparently not. He claims there's no relation, and that the whole situation was a "misunderstanding" and "blown out of proportion," which sounds a lot like his rap career.

After doing his hard time in the slammer, Van Winkle was released on $6,000 bail. Meanwhile, "[The] DIY Network has been made aware of this situation and is currently looking into the matter."


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H. Drew Blackburn