LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE / Gray News) – In the meantime, many people may have seen the viral video of a young woman taking the lid off a Blue Bell container, licking the ice, and putting the display case back in.
Well, the police think the incident took place in Lufkin Walmart.
According to a press release, the Lufkin Police Department investigates the incident.
"The video was posted on social media on June 28 and launched an investigation that led from Walmart stores in San Antonio to Houston and finally to Lufkin," the press release said.
Earlier this week, social media commentators identified the woman who was seen creaming half a gallon of "Tin Roof" ice cream, saying she was from San Antonio. For that reason, law enforcement agencies in San Antonio believed that the incident took place in one of their Walmart stores. However, no ad matching the ad in the video could be found.
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"The search went to Houston Walmart after the investigators learned that the identified woman may be living with a friend in the area," the press release said. "Again, no sales counter matching the video could be found."
The press release states that the Blue Bell headquarters has instructed all department heads to check if they can identify the location of the business. Within an hour of the call from the corporate office, an Lufkin department head called and said he thought it was the Lufkin Walmart.
The department chief relied on the unique merchandising of the store, which was in line with what was seen in the video.
"At 1:10 pm today, Blue Bell contacted us and told us that they believe the viral video has taken place in the Lufkin Walmart store and that they have found what they consider to be the stained container of ice ", Says the press release. "Around 4:00 pm, detectives had received a surveillance video in which a woman who matched the suspect's description was placed in the Lufkin store at around 11:00 pm on June 28th."
The press release said that Lufkin PD's detectives are thinking of having identified the woman running. According to Gerald Williamson, Lufkins Director of Public Security, a similar charge is made.
Under the Texas Penal Code, the manipulation of a consumer product can range from a third-degree crime to a first-degree crime. Section 22.09 of the Code states that through manipulation, a consumer product is modified or provided with an impurity "to increase the likelihood of serious personal injury to the consumer product".
The charge could be raised to a first-degree crime if someone suffers severe personal injury due to the manipulation.
"Our biggest concern is consumer safety – in this regard, we are glad to see the soiled product on the shelves," Williamson said. "As a precautionary measure, we recommend that Blue Bell remove products from the shelves of Lufkin Walmart until our investigation is complete."
Blue Bell made the following statement on the incident:
"We have a Walmart in Lufkin, Texas, as a shop where malicious food manipulation took place, and our staff recognized the location in the video and inspected the freezer We found a half-gallon tin roof that appeared compromised.For safety reasons, footage, the position and inspection of the carton, we believe we have recovered the half gallon that was being manipulated.As a precaution, we also have half a gallon tin roof removed from this position.
The Lufkin The police were notified and take charge of the investigation.
The safety of our ice is our highest priority and we work hard to uphold the highest level of customer confidence. It's no joke, and We do not tolerate any manipulation of our products and we thank the customer for alerting and informing us have. "
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