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Rap star Vanilla Ice: Burglary arrest ‘blown out of proportion’

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 08:54:56-05

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

“It’s just blown out of proportion,” Van Winkle told CNN Affiliate WPBF. “I wish you guys would focus on the good things I’ve done.”

The rapper spoke to WPBF after his release from 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 was part of the show?

“I wish it was,” he said. “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.”

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