Vanilla Ice Arrested, Charged With Residential Burglary & Grand Theft


Vanilla Ice photographed at LAX nightclub in Las Vegas on April 13, 2013.

On Wednesday (Feb. 18), Vanilla Ice was arrested by Florida police and charged with stealing items from a vacant Florida residence. The rapper and TV host faces burglary and grand theft charges for allegedly removing furniture, bicycles and a pool heater from a vacant home under foreclosure sometime during December 2014 and February 2015.

According to the Lantana, Fla., police department, Vanilla Ice (real name Robert Van Winkle) is renovating a home adjacent to the burglarized property (TMZ reports this renovation is part of Vanilla Ice's DIY/HGTV show The Vanilla Ice Project). After the items were reported missing, police obtained a search warrant and found "the stolen items... at a residence under the care and control of Van Winkle," according to the Lantana police report.

Van Winkle voluntarily met with officers after the items were recovered and returned to the original owner. Based on his statements and evidence collected, Van Winkle was charged with residential burglary and grand theft. 

As of press time, he's currently in police custody and being processed.