Police have identified a woman and a man, who entered the Walmart store in Lufkin, east Texas, and want the public's help to track them down.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on July 5, 2019

A woman who took a tub of ice cream out of a department store freezer, opened the lid, licked the ice cream and then resealed it and put it back, is being tracked down by police and faces up to 20 years in jail.

The woman was filmed committing the atrocious act and it was posted on Twitter on Saturday (local time).

The person recording can be heard saying, “Lick it, lick it. Oh, you foul. Put it back, put it back.”

The incident took place in the city of Lufkin in Angelina County, eastern Texas, US. The woman and her friend walked into the local Walmart and committed the foul act.

Lufkin Police Department was contacted Wednesday (local time) by Blue Bell Creameries after the Texas-based company “instructed all of its division managers to see if they could identify the store location” where the incident took place, the police department said on Facebook.

A division manager determined the video was shot at a Walmart in Lufkin due to “the store’s unique merchandising, which matched the video,” police said.

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“We’re appalled that someone would do this. We take it incredibly seriously and we’re acting on it as the major crime that it is,” Lufkin Director of Public Safety Gerald Williamson said in a statement, labelling the video “disturbing”.

Lufkin Police Department has asked for help from the public to identify the woman and the man, wearing a green shirt, who walked into Walmart.

The woman, accompanied by a man, whom police want to talk to over the ice-cream licking. Photo: Lufkin Police Department

The video, which was posted to Twitter on 29 June, has been viewed more than 11 million times. Lufkin police obtained surveillance video that shows a woman who matches the description of the woman in the video leaving the Lufkin Walmart at around 11pm on 28 June.

“Tampering with a consumer product is a second-degree felony and carries a punishment range of two to 20 years. The department is consulting with the FDA and federal charges may also be pending,” Lufkin Police Department said in a statement.

Blue Bell Creameries believed it had located the tub of ice cream licked by the woman and, as a precaution and sign of assurance for customers, removed all half-gallon containers of “Tin Roof” from Walmart department stores.

“The safety of our ice cream is our highest priority, and we work hard to maintain the highest level of confidence of our customers,” Blue Bell said in a statement.

“Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products. We are grateful to the customers who alerted us and provided us with information.”