Woman licks Blue Bell ice cream

(CNN/Meredith) -- Police in Texas said on Friday that they caught the culprit in the "ice cream licker" case that went viral.

Lufkin police did not reveal the suspect's identity because she is a minor, they said in a Facebook post. The case was also turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and remains under investigation, police said.

In the viral video posted on Twitter that garnered more than 12 million views, the teen was seen opening a carton of ice cream at a Texas Walmart, licking it and putting it back in the freezer.

Lufkin police said detectives identified and spoke with the suspect and her boyfriend. The suspect is a juvenile from San Antonio, tied to the Lufkin area through her boyfriend's family. Lufkin is about 5 hours northeast of San Antonio.

The contaminated ice cream was a half-gallon of Blue Bell Tin Roof ice cream -- which the company describes as "a vanilla ice cream with a rich chocolate fudge swirl and roasted peanuts dipped in dark chocolate."

Police are searching for a woman who licked a tub of ice cream

Police said the person on the right was the ice cream culprit.

Before identifying the suspect as a minor, police said the suspect faced 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. Police did not say how the potential penalty could change, now knowing that the suspect is a minor.

Blue Bell called the unsettling footage a "malicious act" in a statement on its website.

The ice cream maker said it inspected the freezer case that contained the licked ice cream, found the problematic tub and removed all Tin Roof half gallons from the Lufkin Walmart.

"The safety of our ice cream is our highest priority, and we work hard to maintain the highest level of confidence of our customers. Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products," Blue Bell said.

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