San Antonio teen admits to licking Blue Bell at Lufkin Walmart store

San Antonio teen admits to licking Blue Bell at Lufkin Walmart store

"The video hit social media June 28, launching an investigation that led from Walmart stores in San Antonio to Houston and eventually Lufkin", police in Lufkin wrote on Wednesday.

On its Facebook page, the Lufkin Police Department said: "The suspect is tied to the Lufkin area through her boyfriend's family".

Police are also trying to identify the male who shot the video and can be heard encouraging the women to lick the ice cream.

A short video posted to social media last week shows the woman laughing as she places the top back on the half-gallon container and returning it to the freezer. Police now have surveillance video from the store in their possession.

The company also explained why their ice cream cartons don't come sealed, after they faced criticism over it.

The post says the suspect, from San Antonio, and her adult boyfriend both admitted to the act when confronted by police.

The company said all similar tubs of ice cream were removed from the store shelves as a precaution. "We can not speak for them as to what charge she will face in the juvenile justice system", police said.

Blue Bell addressed the chilling footage on its website this week, calling it a "malicious act" that will not be tolerated.

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The police said Blue Bell had removed all Tin Roof tubs from Walmart and thinks it has found the compromised product.

Police have not said if charges have been filed. This meant facing fines of up to $10,000 and a prison term of two to 20 years, according to the Texas state penal code.

"Our staff recognised the location in the video, and we inspected the freezer case".

The Instagram user, @shelley_golden, later said she bought the ice cream she licked, claiming "the whole thing was staged". Her boyfriend, however, may face additional charges, as he is over 18.

"In that regard we are glad to see the tainted product off the shelves", he said.

"This case is now in the hands of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to pursue however it deems appropriate".

"The safety of our ice cream is our highest priority, and we work hard to maintain the highest level of confidence of our customers".