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Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, posts bail after Florida arrest

Vanilla Ice Arrested For Burglary
Robert van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft. He was released late Wednesday after posting $6,000 bond.
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Robert Van Winkle, also known widely as Vanilla Ice, was released late Wednesday night from the Palm Beach County Jail after he posted $6,000 bail. 

He was jailed earlier Wednesday on suspicion of felony home burglary and grand theft.

As Van Winkle, 47, left the jail he told the local television stations the incident was “a misunderstanding.”

He’s the star of the home-renovation reality series “The Vanilla Ice Project" on the DIY Network. It is unclear if a home that is part of the series was involved in the incident. 


Police began their investigation after numerous items -- including furniture, a pool heater and bicycles -- were removed in December from a foreclosed home across the street from one that Van Winkle is renovating, said Lantana, Fla., Police Chief Sean Scheller. 

Police searched the residence that the “Ice Ice Baby” singer is renovating and found numerous items that had been reported stolen from the foreclosed residence, Scheller said.

Witnesses say Van Winkle was involved in removing the property from the foreclosed home, Scheller said, adding: “Mr. Van Winkle has a different recollection of what happened.”

Scheller declined to comment on what Van Winkle said to detectives. 



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