CHICAGO — Socked with a $250,000 bail Friday, rapper VonMar is asking his fans for help.
VonMar, whose real name is Delvon Irving, was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor destruction of property in connection to a video he posted in which he and at least one other male ransacked a Gold Coast 7-Eleven New Year's Day.
In the video, they leap upon racks of merchandise, kicking bags of snacks to the floor, taunt store clerks, try to use the cash register and flee with a coffee urn. The video has racked up more than 5 million views on Facebook.
After a judge chided him for his video, saying, "You wanted to be famous," VonMar, 24, of Alsip, was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
A GoFundMe crowdsourcing campaign was launched shortly after, seeking help in raising the funds.
"This is for VonMar's Fans that want to help with his situation at the moment," it said, adding the hashtag #supportvonmar.
The campaign sought $25,000, or 10 percent of the bail. By Saturday afternoon, it had raised $190 from 13 donors.
But the campaign was shut down later Saturday. According to VonMar's Instagram account, it didn't meet the crowdfunding site's guidelines. GoFundMe did not respond to requests for comment.
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In the meantime, VonMar is asking fans to send money through PayPal.
An image posted on his Instagram page cases tells fans if they donate a dollar, "maybe you can hear the real story about his case."
By early Sunday, the effort had raised about $137, according to a note on his Instagram page.
VonMar, who is part of the local rap collective ThotBoyz, wrote on Facebook he hopes to capture success similar to that of the cast of "Jackass."
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