St. Louis County, Mo (KSDK) - A south St. Louis County Walmart was evacuated after a woman detained for shoplifting was making meth in the loss prevention office.
St. Louis County police responded to the Walmart on Telegraph Road near Interstate 255 for a report of a woman shoplifting.
Loss prevention had detained the woman, and she was placed in a holding area until officers arrived.
While she was detained, she had a 20 ounce soda bottle in her purse that was cooking meth while she was in the holding room.
Because meth is known to explode, the store was immediately evacuated.
A hazmat team then had to respond to clean up the holding room.
St. Louis County Police say when they searched the woman's car, materials directly involved in the production of meth were recovered. They say this method of cooking meth in a soda bottle has become popular.