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Vanilla Ice Released On Bail But Potentially Faces Jail Time; Former Rap Superstar Arrested For Suspicion Of Burglary; Police Recovered Stolen Items Valued At $6,500

Feb 19, 2015 11:26 PM EST | By Lily Aria
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Vanilla Ice finally makes headlines after decades, but it's a far cry from how Missy Elliot did it in the Super Bowl.

The 90's then-superstar rapper Vanilla Ice was released yesterday on bail after his arrest under the suspicion of burglary of a vacant Florida home. Police have since extracted stolen articles from the rapper, who is said to be facing possible jail time.

Robert Matthew Van Winkle, more commonly known as Vanilla Ice broke, news a few days ago when reports surfaced claiming that the rapper was thrown in jail for breaking into a vacant Florida home while filming his reality show, "The Vanilla Ice Project."

According to reports, Vanilla Ice also had been claiming ownership of the house for months as it was said to be part of his reality TV show. His crew reportedly mentioned going over to the house to gather a few things under the instruction of Vanilla Ice. They were told of course that it would be no problem since he owns the house.

The Lantana Police released a statement that said, "During the investigation, it was determined Robert Matthew Van Winkle played a role in the burglary and theft."

The police officials continued, "Based on the evidence collected, witness statements and corroborating statements, Van Winkle was taken into custody and charged with Burglary Residence and Grand Theft."

Right after the news broke, Vanilla Ice explained that there had been confusion. He said, "It's a misunderstanding. It was blown out of proportion," and that  "it will all be cleared up," reports BBC.

It was late December when reports were forwarded to the Lantana, Florida police, on complaints about suspicious squatters within the premises of the vacant home. While investigation was ongoing, Vanilla Ice reportedly approached the police officers, claiming ownership of the house.

Further investigation proved that the rapper was not the owner of the house, with a certain James Loveley appointed as a representative of the estate. It was in January that Loveley supplied the police with missing items from the Florida home, which "included furniture, a pool heater, and two pieces of artwork," as reported by People. These items were found in the possession of Vanilla Ice and have since been recovered.

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