Ice cream maker Blue Bell proceeds to investigate after a viral video last week showed a suspect opening a container of the company’s ice cream inside a grocery store, licking the contents, and then keeping the container back to the store’s freezer.
Blue Bell believes the viral video was captured in a Walmart store in Lufkin, Texas. The company added that it had all containers of its Tin Roof-flavor ice cream removed from the store as a precaution, according to a statement.
Meanwhile, the Lufkin Police Department stated it plans to file “appropriate charges” against the suspect — named the “Lufkin Licker” in some reports — when she is arrested, according to a department Facebook post.
“Detectives believe they have the woman recognized,” the post states.
On Wednesday the company stated it believes it has identified the accurate container that appears in the video.
“Based on security footage, the location and the examination of the container, we believe we may have recovered the half-gallon that was tampered with,” Blue Bell stated, according to Fort Worth’s KTXA-TV.
Surveillance footage from the Lufkin Walmart shows a woman who matches the suspect in the viral video, police stated. The surveillance footage was shot around 11 p.m. last Friday, they stated.
After the video hit the Internet on Friday, Blue Bell started investigating Walmart locations in San Antonio, Houston and ultimately Lufkin after social media comments suggested the woman was from the San Antonio area.
The company pointed in on the Lufkin location after a Blue Bell division manager said: “unique merchandising” found on his store’s display shelves matched the background of the video.