VPD: Purse Snatching in Walmart Parking Lot

By: VPD Release
By: VPD Release


Traci Ludlum

white female

39 years of age


Aaron McQueen

African American male

23 years of age

Naylor, Georgia resident

Valdosta, Georgia - January 6, 2012 -

On January 5, 2012 at approximately 1748 hours, the Valdosta Police Department responded to 340 Norman Drive in reference to someone grabbing the victim’s purse in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart. Officers arrived and spoke to Traci Ludlum who stated that her purse was in her shopping cart and as she pushed it up to her vehicle an African American male grabbed the purse then ran and jumped into a vehicle. Several witnesses described the vehicle as a, gold in color Jeep with a Cook County license plate. An Officer spotted the gold Jeep Laredo a short time later and conducted a traffic stop. There were five occupants inside the vehicle. One of the passengers, Aaron McQueen, was identified as the offender. McQueen was arrested for Robbery by Sudden Snatching and an active arrest warrant for Parole Violation. The driver of the Jeep, Martin Tillman, African American male, 19 years of age, a Lakeland, Georgia resident, was arrested for Driving on a Suspended License. Some of Ludlum’s property was found in the roadway where it had been discarded and it was returned to her. Other property belonging to Ludlum was found inside the Jeep. The other passengers of the Jeep were questioned and released. Ludlum was not hurt during the incident.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.

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