Lufkin police are investigating a video of a serial Blue Bell ice cream licker and working to verify the identity of the female suspect before a warrant will be issued for her arrest on second-degree felony tampering with a consumer product charges.
On June 28, a video was released on social media of a woman licking Blue Bell ice cream before putting it back in the display case. Earlier this week, social media commenters identified the woman in the video as being from San Antonio, which led San Antonio law enforcement to believe it was from one of their Walmart stores.
A store display case matching the one in the video could not be found. The search moved on to Houston Walmart stores after investigators learned the woman may be living with a boyfriend in that area, a release from Lufkin police states. Once again, the display case matching the one in the video could not be found.
Earlier Wednesday, Blue Bell corporate instructed all of its division managers to attempt to identify the store location. Within an hour, a Lufkin division manager called and said he believed it fit the Lufkin Walmart.
At 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Blue Bell contacted LPD saying they believed the video took place at 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 of the woman matching the suspect description in the Lufkin store on Friday at about 11 p.m.
Detectives believe they have identified the woman and are focusing on identifying the man. Anyone who can identify him is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 639tips.com. Detectives will continue to work this case over the holiday.
“Our biggest concern is consumer safety — in that regard, we are glad to see the tainted product off the shelves,” Lufkin Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson said. “We are recommending that as a precaution Blue Bell remove products from the Lufkin Walmart shelves until our investigation is complete.”