Sullivan City police arrest Blue Bell Bandit

Police arrested a Sullivan City man last week after he stole a pint of Blue Bell ice cream.

At 8:58 p.m. on Sept. 4, police Officer Ricardo Rosas arrived at the Dollar General in Sullivan City. The assistant manager sprinted past him, chasing a customer.

20180911 ReynaldoRamirezReynaldo Ramirez Jr., 57, of Sullivan City had swiped a pint of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step — “a creamy vanilla ice cream with hints of brown sugar, combined with chunks of chocolate creme-filled cookies and tasty chocolate chip cookie dough pieces,” according to the company.

When he reached the parking lot, Ramirez jumped in a brown Chevrolet Malibu and sped away.

“Officer R. Rosas got in his unit and advised dispatch that he was in a vehicle pursuit,” according to the criminal complaint.

With the police car behind him, Ramirez drove north on El Faro Road and stopped near an empty lot, where he surrendered.

The Blue Bell Cookie Two Step, dropped in the dirt and forgotten during the commotion, quickly melted.

Ramirez confessed to stealing the ice cream, according to the criminal complaint. He’s charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Ramirez, who remains at the Hidalgo County jail and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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