A teenage boy on a bicycle allegedly managed to snatch a purse from a woman walking on a central Halifax street Wednesday afternoon.

Halifax Regional Police said she was strolling when the boy grabbed her bag and biked away.

She chased him for a short distance but lost sight of him, police said, adding she described the suspect as a light-skinned black boy who appears to be about 15 or 16 years old. He was wearing a dark coloured hoodie over a red and white striped shirt at the time.