The Sevierville Police Department is seeking information about a man who is a suspect in two recent purse snatchings. 

He has been following women in stores and stealing their purses when he has an opportunity, according to officials.

SPD is asking anyone with information as to the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Sgt. Shawn Crawford at 865-868-1741.

Officers also offered advice to keep you from becoming his next victim. If you place your purse in the shopping cart, be sure it is zipped closed and the straps are secured around the handle so it can't be taken. (The cart child seat safety straps can help.)