(KMOV.com) -- Granite City police arrested a man for allegedly operating a "shake and bake" methamphetamine lab while walking through a residential area Sunday night.
News 4 crews were tagging along with police on a hot-spot patrol when officers spotted a man carrying a suspicious-looking bottle. Police said they had been searching for the man for the past month.
"We've been actively looking at him for about 30 days," said Lt. Craig Knight. "And lo and behold, tonight he walks right out in front of us. We make a pedestrian contact, and he's carrying what appears to be a suspected methamphetamine lab in a bottle."
The unidentified suspect was handcuffed and taken into police custody.
Some residents said they want to see more hot-spot policing because crime in their neighborhoods is on the rise.
"There's fights...you know, it's just something you don't want your kids to come outside and play in the yard even, sometimes," said Michelle Young. "But I hope with all the increased patrols, they'll be able to get something done."
In addition to hot-spot patrols, Granite City officers will be giving out their personal cell phone numbers to foster better communication with residents. Police also said unmarked squad cars will mean criminals have less time to escape.
"Usually, you can see the black-and-white, the newer squad cars coming from a mile away," said Lt. Knight. "But us...by the time they see us, it's too late."