Texas authorities identify Blue Bell ice cream licker, say she's a juvenile

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) - Update: 12:35 p.m.

Texas authorities say they have identified the person seen on video licking the top of a Blue Bell ice cream and putting it back into the grocery store freezer.

The Lufkin Police Department says the suspect is a juvenile who lives in San Antonio and is tied to the Lufkin area through her boyfriend’s family.

"Because she is a juvenile offender, her identity is protected under section 58.104 of the Texas Family Code," said the police department.

They say the case will be turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and remains under investigation.

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Police in East Texas are searching for a woman suspected of taking a tub of ice cream from a Walmart freezer, removing the top to lick the ice cream and then returning it to the freezer.

Blue Bell Creameries said in a statement that it determined a Walmart store in Lufkin was where "the malicious act of food tampering took place."

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.

Blue Bell says the container that was "compromised" was found and removed.

The company says "food tampering is not a joke."

Lufkin police spokeswoman Jessica Pebsworth says investigators are working to verify the woman's identity before a warrant is issued for her arrest.

Pebsworth says she faces a felony charge of tampering with a consumer product.

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