UPDATE: A person of interest in the case was captured on Feb. 26. http://savannahpd.org/spd-arrests-suspect-in-series-of-purse-snatchings/

SAVANNAH, GA (February 25, 2018) – Savannah Police Department detectives are investigating a series of purse snatching incidents at several major shopping complexes.

In the past week, there have been three instances in Savannah and one instance in a neighboring jurisdiction where an occupant in a white van has approached older women in the parking lot and snatched their purses.

The vehicle is described as a white minivan or SUV with a possible improper or stolen Louisiana tag N503090.

The Savannah Police Department is asking shoppers to be cautious in parking lots and be aware of their surroundings. They should park in well-lit areas and always keep purses or bags close to their bodies. If anyone sees anything suspicious, they should call police immediately.

Anyone with information on the incident should call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at (912) 525-3124. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.