HOUSTON – The Lufkin Police Department is working to find a man and woman wanted in connection with a viral video that shocked viewers.
In the video, the woman is seen licking a tub of Blue Bell Tin Roof ice cream before putting the lid back on and placing the tub back in the freezer.
Blue Bell Creameries said Wednesday it believes its staff has identified the carton of ice cream seen being licked by a woman in a now-viral video.
Blue Bell said the incident happened in a Lufkin Walmart and that the company removed all of the Tin Roof flavor gallons from the location as a precaution.
Lufkin police took over the investigation and said detectives obtained surveillance video from the store on the night of June 28 that shows a woman matching the description of the woman seen in the video.
Police said they believe they have identified the woman and that charges are expected to be filed.
"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.
In a statement Wednesday, the Police Department said it is now working to identify the man seen with her.
Our detectives are working to verify the identity of the female suspect before a warrant is issued for her arrest on a charge of second-degree felony tampering with a consumer product. As that portion of the investigation continues, detectives are focusing on identifying the male (in the green shirt) behind the camera seen in images of the two entering the store together. Detectives will continue to work through the holiday on this case. Anyone who can identify this man is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 639tips.com.
Here's Blue Bell's response Wednesday posted on its website:
"We have identified a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas, as the store where the malicious act of food tampering took place. Our staff recognized the location in the video, and we inspected the freezer case. We found a Tin Roof half gallon that appears to have been compromised. 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. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also removed all Tin Roof half gallons from that location.
"The Lufkin Police Department has been notified and is taking over the investigation.
"The safety of our ice cream is our highest priority, and we work hard to maintain the highest level of confidence of our customers. Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products. We are grateful to the customers who alerted us and provided us with information."
The company earlier this week said the ice cream in its containers should freeze to the lid, creating a natural seal. If anyone previously tampered with a lid, consumers would likely notice.
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