​Kid Rock Burglary: Man Crashes Kid’s Gate

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August 3, 2013

Kid Rock, born Robert Ritchie, wasn’t home at the time when a man crashed his van into his gate during an attempted burglary in Detroit. Rock said he’s a marksman and would not hesitate to shoot anyone on his property.

Kid Rock Burglary

Security cameras showed a man ramming a gate with a white van Wednesday afternoon on the Clarkston property, north of Detroit. The man then tried to break into the house, but failed to do so, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said in a release.

The man was on crutches, which along with the van’s description may prompt someone to report his identity, according to McCabe.

Tips from the public led to the arrest of a 43-year-old suburban Detroit man after Rock offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest in a post on the musician’s website.

A 1994 Ford Club Wagon van, which was used to force open the gated driveway to the property, also was recovered and impounded.

“Thank God I was not on the property at the time of this attempted break in,” read the post. “I am an avid hunter and marksman and I will not hesitate to shoot anyone who has myself or family in fear for our lives.”

He also wrote that he takes “the invasion of my personal space very seriously regardless of who you are.”

Kid Rock’s music is a blend of hip-hop, hard rock, country and Southern rock. He was born Robert Ritchie.