Vanilla Ice Arrested, Charged in Burglary Near Reality Show Location

Vanilla Ice has been charged in connection with a home burglary in Lantana, Fla., adjacent to where he was renovating a home for his reality show “The Vanilla Ice Project,” authorities confirm.

Ice — the stage name of Robert Van Winkle — was taken into custody Wednesday and is being charged with burglary and grand theft in connection with an incident that happened sometime within the past month, said Lantana police chief Sean Scheller. Numerous items of furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and more were stolen.

According to a Lantana police press release, during an investigation into the house adjacent to the one Ice was renovating, authorities obtained a search warrant and found several of the stolen items at Ice’s residence in Palm Beach County, determining that the former rapper “played a role” in the crime. The items have since been identified and returned to the rightful owner.

Scheller said Ice has been cooperative in investigations. Ice has hosted his series on the DIY Network, where he improves and flips houses, since 2010.

TMZ first reported the news.

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  1. Kara Davis says:

    I smell a set up. Not by the cops but by the real thieves.

  2. poi says:

    It makes more sense that someone sold to Ice cheap and he put them at this place, someone on his crew. This guy builds high end houses, he’s very ambitious, I doubt if he would do this.

  3. jsm1963 says:

    I thought this may have been about stealing from Queen and David Bowie.

  4. Lisa says:

    Are the cops that stupid? The neighbour got tired of the filming and pretended to be nice by saying, ‘Go ahead and take the junk’. Ice took it, and the neighbour then called the cops. Simple.

  5. jjthejetplane says:

    Stop, collaborate, and listen, Ice is back with a brand new conviction….

  6. Ice Creamed! says:

    It has to be some real estate contract misunderstanding. I bet his real estate lawyers resolve this matter in just a few hours.

  7. Dr. Lotta Hichmanova says:

    Need does not always enter into theft. When apprehended, most shoplifters have the cash to pay for what they are stealing.

  8. Inspector Clouseu says:

    Why is there no chocolate ice? I see….perhaps this vanilla fellow was set up by the infamous Maria Gambrelli?

  9. Brandon Bell says:

    Spike, just because you don’t have your hood on, doesn’t mean you don’t own one. And obviously it means a lot to you. Sad.

  10. Steve says:

    Sounds to me like the show crew loaded a truck with stolen stuff and maybe sold the items to Ice on the cheap.

    • poi says:

      I thought the same thing, someone on his crew got an offer and couldn’t refuse and sold it Ice or stored it at his place. He rebuilds these places for a lot of money and has a good reputation which everything.

  11. Dee says:

    I am a fan of VI and his series. No doubt he thought the items had been abandoned in the vacant house. He’s quite successful, doubt he needs to or would, burgular anyone’s home.

  12. Cinda says:

    I don’t believe it! He’s got a successful TV show. Why would he steal a used pool heater? I’m with you on this one Kenmandu. He was set up by the Florida cops. They’ve been known to do some pretty underhanded things, like planting weapons on unarmed people..

  13. mary says:

    Can’t believe this hope it’s not true God help him n this is my first time making a comment

  14. Kenmandu says:

    No, it can’t be Ice-Ice Baby! Sounds like a set-up by dumb Florida cops to me. Who the heck steels a used pool heater?

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