Robert Van Winkle tripped up while renovating his home for a reality TV show and furnishing his property with the allegedly stolen goods
Rapper and 90s icon Vanilla Ice was arrested in south Florida for burgling a vacant home, police said on Wednesday.
The singer of Ice Ice Baby, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, allegedly stole a pool heater, bicycles, furniture and miscellaneous objects over the course of three months from a next-door neighbor, a spokesperson for the Lantana police department told the Guardian.
Police tripped up Van Winkle in the process of renovating his own home for a reality TV show, The Vanilla Ice Project, apparently furnishing the property with objects of his neighbor’s. A police search of Van Winkle’s home found several of the stolen items, which were returned to their owner.
Police said that property next door is in the process of foreclosure, and has recently stood unoccupied.
The Juggalo – the name given to followers of the music duo Insane Clown Posse – and one-time boyfriend of Madonna is in custody after voluntarily meeting with detectives, police said, and has been charged with burglary and grand theft.
Run-ins with the law have interrupted the variegated career of the Grammy-nominated singer for more than two decades. In 1991 Los Angeles police brought firearms charges against the then 23-year-old, to which he pleaded no contest. Almost a decade later, police arrested him for assaulting his wife as they drove down a Florida highway; Van Winkle pleaded guilty to related charges and was sentenced to probation.
In 2004, animal control officials caught Van Winkle on the loose with an expired permit for a wallaroo named Bucky and his pet goat Pancho, also on the loose. They fined him $220. That year and again four years later, two more domestic disputes with his wife prompted police to arrest Van Winkle, although prosecutors did not pursue charges in either case.
Now 47, the singer faces a lengthy prison term if convicted, which could mean an end to a career that has included professional jet skiing and performances before Boris Yeltsin, alongside MC Hammer, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and as Captain Hook in a British panto production of Peter Pan.
This article was written by Alan Yuhas, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 18th February 2015 22.43 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010