Video of ice cream licker prompts police investigation

FILE - In this April 10, 2015, file photo, Blue Bell ice cream rests on a grocery store shelf in Lawrence, Kan. Delaware's Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, overturned a judge's dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit against one the country's largest ice cream manufacturers involving a 2015 listeria outbreak that left three people dead and caused the company significant financial losses. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

LUFKIN, Texas — 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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