LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - You’ve probably seen the shocking and disgusting video floating around social media; a young girl grabs a half gallon of blue bell ice cream out of the freezer in a Walmart, opens it, licks it, and puts it back in the freezer.
Lufkin police say they have identified and spoken with a suspect in the video, but she is a minor, so her identity will not be released.
Police say she’s 17 years old and from San Antonio. She was in East Texas visiting her boyfriend’s family.
While second degree felony tampering with a consumer product can carry up to 20 years in prison, the suspect may not face that harsh of a penalty since she’s now headed to juvenile court.
Police say what made it so challenging to find the the suspect is that there was a 'catfish’ online, meaning someone who wasn’t the actual suspect was trying to take credit for the stunt.
If you’re wondering why there wasn’t a seal on the ice cream, Blue Bell released a statement saying they freeze their half gallon cartons upside-down, creating a natural seal, making it obvious when the carton has been tampered with.
Blue Bell also stated that the ice cream that was licked was not sold... they were able to recover the carton through surveillance video.
The Lufkin Walmart tried to have a little fun with the situation, posting a picture of an employee with a water gun, and joking that they are posting an “armed” guard by the blue bell freezer to stop any ice cream mischief.