Vanilla Ice arrested for stealing furniture, pool heater and bicycles

The 47-year-old rapper describes the event as a "misunderstanding" and is released shortly afterwards

Vanilla Ice has been arrested, and subsequently released, by police investigating the theft of furniture, a pool heater and bicycles from a home in Florida.

The 47-year-old rapper was arrested by police yesterday (February 18) on robbery charges. The Lantana Police Department told journalists the arrest was made in relation to his reality TV show The Vanilla Ice Project.

BBC News reports that Vanilla Ice – real name Robert Van Winkle – was released later and said on his release: “It’s a misunderstanding, it was blown out of proportion. 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. It’ll all get cleared up, you’ll see.”


Van Winkle rose to fame in 1990 with his chart-topping single ‘Ice Ice Baby’. The rapper has been in trouble with the law in the past, arrested on firearm charges in 1991, and in 2001 and 2008 for assaulting his wife.

The Vanilla Ice Project was first broadcast in October 2010 and is currently on its fourth season. The show features Van Winkle and his team revamping houses in the States.