Purse snatching reported in downtown Hilo

Police on Thursday are investigating a reported purse snatching that happened Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Hilo.

Police say just before 1 p.m. two women were walking along Haili Street when a man approached them from behind grabbed one of their purses and took off in an alleyway below the Palace Theater.

The suspect was described as a local male in his late 20's, last seen wearing a white tank-top undershirt, brown shorts, and a pair of slippers.

Neither woman was injured during the incident.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or may have witnessed the robbery to call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or by email at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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