They later admitted the search took so long because so many people had falsely claimed responsibility for the crime.
"What made this case difficult is that a 'catfish' with a similar screen name (within one letter of the suspect's screen name) began taking credit for it," Lufkin police said.
"It was actually the catfish and NOT our suspect who bragged on Instagram about the incident saying: 'Yeah, I really did that. You can call it Flu Bell ice cream now 'cause I was a lil sick last week. Repost yourself doing this. Let's see if we can start an epidemic (literally).'"
Indeed after the ice cream licking vid went viral, copycat videos inevitably followed.