Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Police may charge the Blue Bell ice cream licker with a felony

Police may charge the Blue Bell ice cream licker with a felony

Lufkin Police say they are searching for a woman who gleefully contaminated a half-gallon of Blue Bell Tin Roof ice cream - which the company describes as "a vanilla ice cream with a rich chocolate fudge swirl and roasted peanuts dipped in dark chocolate" - last week in a Twitter video that has garnered more than 11 million views.

People are horrified after a video surfaced online showing a woman licking a tub of ice cream in a grocery store and then returning it to the freezer. We take this issue very seriously and are now working with law enforcement, retail partners and social media platforms.

In an email to NBC News, the Lufkin police department indicated that she was facing a second-degree felony charge of tampering with a consumer product.

In a photo posted on the Saratoga Road store's Facebook page Wednesday, an employee armed with a water pistol stands guard over a freezer case containing gallons and gallons of Blue Bell ice cream. She then replaces the lid and puts the tub back into the freezer.

Lufkin police say they will not rest until the now infamous Blue Bell licker and a man she is pictured with on surveillance video are caught, even if it means working through the July 4 holiday.

According to KTRE in Lufkin, Texas, police now believe the incident may have happened at a Walmart in Lufkin.

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"The lids are frozen tightly to the carton".

"Detectives believe they have the woman recognized", the post states.

Lufkin Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson has said that appropriate charges will be filed against the woman.

Food tampering is a felony in Texas.

"Our biggest concern is consumer safety - in that regard we are glad to see the tainted product off the shelves", Williamson said. The company added that it had all tubs of its Tin Roof-flavor ice cream removed from the store as a precaution, according to a statement. Blue Bell Creameries declined to provide more information on the store or its location, saying "we are investigating this matter and are not ready to release any details at this time".

"We will continue to monitor this situation". Netizens and fans of Blue Bell Creameries further questioned the company, as to why they do not seal the tubs with plastic.

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