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Police hunt purse grabbing thief

Police local

Tasmania Police is investigating a robbery in the state's North West on Saturday morning.

Just before 10am, a 64-year-old woman was on the footpath outside the Reject Shop on William Street in Devonport, where she was approached from behind by a young man on a bicycle.

Police say he grabbed her purse from under her arm and continued on William Street towards Bluff Beach.

The young man, riding a white mountain bike, was described wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper with the hood covering his head, black track pants with a white stripe down the leg and wearing a burgundy coloured backpack.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or the young male around the time is urged to contact Devonport CIB on 6478 4036 or Crime stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.