Woman tried to cook meth in Walmart: Report 0
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A woman arrested for shoplifting in a Missouri Walmart decided to cook up some meth while she was being held by store security Thursday, police said.
The 32-year-old woman was caught with cosmetics in her purse Thursday evening, police told the website STLToday.com. While she was being held by store security, the woman allegedly used a 20-ounce pop bottle to concoct a "one pot" batch of methamphetamine.
St. Louis County police Lt. Mark Cox told the website the store had to be evacuated because meth production is unstable and could have caused a fire or an explosion.
He added the trend of cooking small quantities of meth for personal use is on the rise.
"There are lots of one-pot cooks," Cox said. "But taking it into Walmart is very unusual."
Police said the woman has not been charged while lab tests are done on the items seized by officers. He noted the woman was not suspected of trying to steal any of the ingredients to make meth; the cooking had started before she'd entered the Walmart.
Back in December, a Tulsa, Ariz., woman was arrested for stealing and mixing chemicals in a Walmart. Police were called after she was in the store for more than six hours and security became suspicious.