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Lufkin Police say they’ve identified mysterious Blue Bell ice cream licker

UPDATE: 07/04/2019 – Although police have identified the woman in the video who was seen licking the top of an opened Blue Bell ice cream and placing the lid back in place and back into the freezer, police are still looking to identify the man behind the camera who shot the video.


Blue Bell stated, “Based on security footage, the location and the inspection of the carton, we believe we may have recovered the half gallon that was tampered with.

Blue Bell also added that all of the Tin Roof half-gallons were removed from the Lufkin Walmart.


UPDATE: 07/03/2019 6:20 PM — The Lufkin Police Department says they have identified the mysterious ice cream licker who posted a video of herself licking ice cream in a Blue Bell ice cream carton and putting it back in the freezer.

Appropriate charges will be filed, according to Lufkin Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson.

“Our biggest concern is consumer safety – in that regard we are glad to see the tainted product off the shelves,” Williamson said. “We are recommending that as a precaution Blue Bell remove products from the Lufkin Walmart shelves until our investigation is complete.”


A video was posted on Twitter on Monday appearing to show a woman opening a container of Blue Bell ice cream to take a big lick from the top of the ice cream before putting the container back in the grocery store freezer.

Blue Bell is a company based out of Brenham and sells products to many Texas businesses.

The press release from the Lufkin Police Department also stated, “Lufkin Police Department is investigating the viral video of a woman licking Blue Bell ice cream and putting it back in the display case.”

“The video hit social media June 28, launching an investigation that led from Walmart stores in San Antonio to Houston and eventually Lufkin.”

“Early this week social media commenters identified the woman seen licking a half-gallon of “Tin Roof” as being from San Antonio. That led San Antonio law enforcement to believe it was one of their Walmart stores. A store display case matching the one in the video could not be found.”

“The search then went to Houston Walmart stores after investigators learned the identified woman may be living with a boyfriend in that area. Again, a store display case matching the one in the video could not be found.”

“Earlier this morning, Blue Bell corporate instructed all of its division managers to see if they could identify the store location. Within an hour of the corporate plea, a Lufkin division manager called, saying he believed it was Lufkin Walmart. He based this on the store’s unique merchandising which matched the video.”

“At 1:10 p.m. today, Blue Bell contacted us, saying that they believed the viral video took place in the Lufkin Walmart store and that they had retrieved what they believed to be the tainted container of ice cream.”

By 4 p.m., detectives had obtained surveillance video placing a woman matching the suspect description in the Lufkin store on June 28 around 11 p.m.”

“Detectives believe they have the woman identified and the investigation is ongoing.”

Blue Bell initially released a statement when they first learned of the incident saying, “We want to thank our consumers for alerting us to the recent food tampering incident. We take this issue very seriously and are currently working with law enforcement, retail partners and social media platforms. This type of incident will not be tolerated.

Food safety is a top priority, and we work hard to provide a safe product and maintain the highest level of confidence from our consumers.

During production, our half gallons are flipped upside down and sent to a hardening room where the ice cream freezes to the lid creating a natural seal. The lids are frozen tightly to the carton. Any attempt at opening the product should be noticeable.

We will continue to monitor this situation.”

 

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