The spate of armed robberies in Tasmania is continuing with another business targetted, this time on the east coast.

Police are looking for at least one robber after a local supermarket was held up at gunpoint overnight.

He pointed what police described as an old looking firearm at a male attendant at the Illuka store before fleeing with cash about 8pm.

No-one was hurt and police have not ruled out the involvement of a second offender.

Detective Inspector David Plumpton says there are four detectives and local police on the case.

"There's a number of things that go against us, that is isolated area, not a lot seen," he said.

"However, generally we find in areas like Coles Bay, information comes to police very quickly. There is a lot more community consultation with the police."

The man is described as 190 centimetres tall and was wearing a dark-green hooded jacket with fur trimming.

Police say there have been 34 armed robberies in Tasmania in just six months.

The trend has seen some small businesses slash the amount of cash they keep on their premises.

There is concern the state has become a soft target for interstate criminals because of police budget cuts.


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