Vanilla Ice on burglary and grand theft charges: It's a misunderstanding!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/19/2015
Vanilla Ice claims his burglary and grand theft charges are based on a complete misunderstanding.
The Vanilla Ice Project star, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, told reporters outside the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday he doesn't think he committed a crime, according to NBC's affiliate in South Florida.
"It's a misunderstanding. It was blown way out of proportion," said the 47-year-old former rapper, who was released on bond only two hours after arriving at the jail at 7PM.
"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... Listen, guys, it will all get cleared up, you'll see."
Vanilla Ice reportedly thought the items he stole -- lawn furniture, a pool heater and bicycles -- were from an abandoned home in Lantana that was steps away from the residence he's currently renovating.
A real estate broker for the burglarized property on North Atlantic Drive told NBC reporters he noticed certain items were missing when he checked on the place two weeks ago. Authorities later found the items in Vanilla Ice's possession.
"Why would you jeopardize going to jail for just basically junk," the broker asked.
It remains unclear whether the mansion Vanilla Ice was renovating at the time was for his reality show on DIY Network, who released a statement saying they've been "made aware of this situation" and are "currently looking into the matter."
On his way out of the Palm Beach County Jail, Vanilla Ice figured he might as well promote his show with all the media attention he's receiving.
The "Ice Ice Baby" singer has starred on The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network since October 2010. The series features him flipping and restoring houses, and its fourth season just concluded in May 2014.