Texas police imagine they’ve recognized the lady from a viral video that confirmed her licking a half-gallon tub of Blue Bell ice cream after which placing it again inside a retailer freezer case.
The Lufkin Police Division was contacted Wednesday by Blue Bell Creameries after the Texas-based firm “instructed all of its division managers to see if they may determine the shop location” the place the incident happened, the police division mentioned through Fb.
A division supervisor decided the video was shot at a Walmart in Lufkin on account of “the shop’s distinctive merchandising, which matched the video,” police mentioned.
In a assertion emailed to USA TODAY, Lufkin police wrote, “Tampering with a client product is a second-degree felony and carries a punishment vary of 2-20 years. The division is consulting with the FDA and federal fees may be pending.”
Whereas Blue Bell believes it retrieved the bathtub of ice cream licked by the lady, the corporate has eliminated all half-gallon containers of “Tin Roof” from Walmart, police mentioned.
Uck! Viral video exhibits girl licking a bath of Blue Bell ice cream … after which placing it again within the retailer freezer
“We’re appalled that somebody would do that. We take it extremely significantly and we’re performing on it as the most important crime that it’s,” Lufkin Director of Public Security Gerald Williamson mentioned in a press release, labeling the video as “disturbing.”
The video, which was posted to Twitter on June 29, has been seen greater than 11 million occasions. Lufkin police obtained surveillance video that exhibits a lady who matches the outline of the lady within the video leaving the Lufkin Walmart at round 11 p.m. June 28.
Police haven’t launched the lady’s identify, citing an ongoing investigation.
“The security of our ice cream is our highest precedence, and we work laborious to keep up the very best degree of confidence of our prospects,” Blue Bell mentioned in a press release to USA TODAY. “Meals tampering just isn’t a joke, and we is not going to tolerate tampering with our merchandise. We’re grateful to the purchasers who alerted us and offered us with info.”
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