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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  • by Jake Location: TLH on Jan 7, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    This is why we should keep Orkin on retainer!
  • by When will we learn, children need functional parental units not a single women trying to get a check. on Jan 7, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    My take is this was a jeep full of blacks who were conceived for nothing more that a check. I bet every single one of them were a product of the welfare program. Stop paying black women to have children out of wedlock. This is how that do good government experiment turns out.
  • by too bad on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM
    Too bad they didn't try to grab mine. I'm packing some heat.
  • by Luddite Location: Valdosta on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    Sounds normal.
  • by Sam Location: Quincy on Jan 6, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    Great job Valdosta Police Dept!
  • by john Location: florida on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    Blacks, I say Blacks committing a Crime? No Way. They're just underprivileged and misunderstood. They're really good boys, ask their Mammas'.
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      by End Welfare on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM in reply to john
      They are underprivileged because they were deliberate conceived by poor,uneducated, broke, unmarried black women who wanted a lifetime check and Our government told them all they had to do to get a lifetime of guaranteed support was to have conceive a child out of wedlock that they neither wanted or could support and this is how those kids born in those circumstance turn out.WE are our own worst enemy. We need to stop paying black women to have children out of wedlock.
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      by right on on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM in reply to john
      Dat's rite, you white peoples has always been saying we doin stuff we ain't doing. The polices always hassling us to. I knows this boy, he my bro', he jus be needing a little extra money and dat woman got plenty. She won;t miss it. Let him go.
  • by Dee Location: Valdosta on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:33 AM
    That's just really scary, I work a block from Walmart and usually go there after work, which is about the time this happened. Glad the victim is ok and she got her things back.
  • by dog Location: gone on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:01 AM
    This should be Prosecuted as a HATE CRIME, and the other occupants should be charged as well. SCUM THIEVES.
  • by This is hate crime on Jan 6, 2012 at 07:35 AM
    Here again you have blacks, a gang of blacks, systematically attacking and robbing whites and the case is not charged as a Hate Crime? If you had a gang white men going around doing this to a black girls, it would be charges as a hate crime. You know it is just not fair and nobody speaks against it because they fear the blacks will call you racist. They do that to shut you up. Don't be suppressed. Speak up.
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      by m on Jan 6, 2012 at 08:32 AM in reply to This is hate crime
      agree wholeheartedly. what's good for the goose is good for the gander...doing MAJOR TIME instead of a mere slap on the wrist with a don't be a bad boy again is the only way these young hoods will ever ghet off the streets. I'd add one more thing, every other occupant of that get-away car should be charged with AIDING AND ABETTING A HATE CRIME
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        by Boland on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM in reply to m
        and conspiracy before, during & after the fact.
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      by SNA on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to This is hate crime
      This was one guy grabbing a purse, not assaulting the lady at all. I'm sure the lady was startled or scared, and the others are certainly accessories but let's not make this into something altogether different.
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        by Calling you out on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to SNA
        See blacks can always come up for some justification for what another black did to a white but let it be a white person do the exact same thing a black person and all their justification ceases. I am just saying
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        by been there on Jan 6, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to SNA
        Don't down-play this by saying she wasn't assualted. The thug who did this didn't care whether or not she was scared, hurt,of anything else. All he was concerned with was stealing for his own greed. Black, white, green or purple, IT'S WRONG! and was an assault againest her. It happened to me over 8 years ago and I still have issues about being close to others in parking lots!
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        by Jake on Jan 7, 2012 at 08:42 AM in reply to SNA
        SNA: What a profoundly BONEHEADED comment!
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      by a on Jan 6, 2012 at 03:47 PM in reply to This is hate crime
      I agree! I, for one, am sick of the blacks racism toward whites. Sorry blacks still think they are owed something from whites. Unfortunately, whites aren't standing up for themselves. Hopefully, one day it will turn around for whites!
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