What was thought to be a routine shoplifting arrest in a St. Louis area Walmart Thursday night became much more when the woman suspected of shoplifting was found to be in possession of what is being called a "mobile meth lab."
In fairness, to call what the woman had a "mobile meth lab" is a stretch; she was allegedly cooking lab in a plastic soda bottle that was in her purse, which isn't exactly the controlled environment expected when the word "lab" is used. Police officers said what was inside the bottle was bubbling, which led them to evacuate the Walmart. The woman and a male suspect were detained for shoplifting items unrelated to their ad hoc chemistry experiment, and a search of their car supposedly turned up meth making materials.
The video below from KMOV-TV in St. Louis is below and won't change any perceptions some readers may have of people who cook meth, people who shop at Walmart, or the Midwest.