By Mary Thurwachter
Lantana police arrested Vanilla Ice for burglary and grand theft on Feb. 18 after furniture, bicycles, a pool heater and other household items were taken from a residence next to one the former rapper is renovating.
According to the police report, the burglary occurred at a house in the process of foreclosure in the 100 block of North Atlantic Drive on Hypoluxo Island.
During the investigation, police determined that Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known professionally as Vanilla Ice, played a role in the burglary and theft.
Several of the stolen items were recovered at Van Winkle’s Hypoluxo Island residence and returned to the owner.
According to the police report, Van Winkle said he found the items at the curb and thought they were trash.
Interviewed on ABC’s Good Morning America, Van Winkle said the arrest was “blown out of proportion … it’s a mess and I’m dealing with it.”
Van Winkle’s company paid $1.4 million for the Hypoluxo Island property (next to the one where the items were taken) in October. The home is scheduled to be featured during the fifth season of HGTV and DIY Network’s Vanilla Ice Project.