Woman who licked ice cream and put it back has been identified, police say

One does not simply lick ice cream and put it back in the grocery store freezer.



Police in Lufkin, Texas, say they’re in hot pursuit of a cold-hearted ice cream tamperer who went viral last month with her antics in the Walmart freezer aisle.

The woman was captured on video licking a tub of Blue Bell Ice Cream, then putting the lid back on and returning it to the freezer. The nine-second clip has been viewed more than 11 million times since it was posted to Twitter on June 29.




Police say they worked with Blue Bell to identify the location in the video as a Walmart store in Lufkin, a city halfway between Houston and Dallas.

Blue Bell identified the store on Wednesday afternoon and removed what’s believed to be the tainted ice cream immediately, according to a Facebook post by Lufkin Police and Fire. Police quickly followed up and identified the woman through surveillance video obtained from the store.

“Detectives believe they have the woman identified and the investigation is ongoing,” police said.




Police say the woman faces a charge of second-degree felony tampering with a consumer product, which carries two to 20 years behind bars and a possible fine of up to $10,000.