Rapper Vanilla Ice: Burglary arrest 'blown out of proportion'

Story highlights

  • Vanilla Ice is released after being taken into custody in a burglary and theft case
  • Items were stolen from a house next to one he was renovating

(CNN)Out on bail, rapper Vanilla Ice said the burglary and grand theft charges he's facing are a misunderstanding.

"It's just blown out of proportion," the rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, told CNN Affiliate WPBF. "I wish you guys would focus on the good things I've done."
Van Winkle spoke to WPBF after his release from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $6,000 bond Wednesday.
    The Lantana Police Department said the robbery occurred sometime between December and February in a $1 million home that was going through foreclosure. Items stolen include a pool heater and furniture.
    Van Winkle is working next door, renovating another home.
    "During the investigation, it was determined Robert Matthew Van Winkle played a role in the burglary and theft," police said. "A search warrant was obtained and executed in unincorporated Palm Beach County in which several of the stolen items were recovered at a residence under the care and control of Robert Van Winkle."
    The stolen property has "since been returned to its rightful owner."
    Vanilla Ice stars on the show "The Vanilla Ice Project" for the DIY Network. On the show, he renovates and then sells houses.
    So, was the incident part of the show?
    "I wish it was," he told WPBF. "There's nothing fun about this. I wish everybody all the best, and maybe some of the good news will travel this fast in the future."
    DIY issued the following: "DIY Network has been made aware of this situation and is currently looking into the matter."