Derek J. Haines, 24, told police that he was glad he was stopped because he was afraid he might blow up himself or someone else while trying to manufacture the drug, according to the criminal complaint.
Haines was caught after he was inside Ace Hardware in the 100 block of W. Main St. carrying a printout from a Web site listing the items he needed to build a clandestine drug lab, the complaint says. The employee saw the paper and called police.
Police recovered from Haines' car starter fluid and concrete cleaner, which was allegedly stolen from the store. Officers searched the man's apartment and found a mixture of Ritalin tablets and gasoline in the freezer.