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Stealing staples in the subway and stores

Police are looking for a man who they say has been on a crime spree, violently mugging a straphanger and stealing from stores to get staples, like food and diapers.

In the first incident, police said that on July 9, around noon, inside the Canal St. subway station, the suspect approached a 58-year-old man on the northbound No. 6 platform and asked for his wallet.

The victim rejected the demand, after which the suspect then punched him multiple times in the head. The victim fell to the ground and the attacker scooped up the victim’s groceries and fled on the northbound 6 train.

A surveillance image of the suspect from the third incident, according to cops. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

E.M.S. responded to the scene and transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital, where he was treated for a laceration to the left side of the face and swelling.

Then, on Thurs., Aug. 13, around 4:30 p.m., according to cops, the same individual entered the CVS store at 81 Eighth Ave., at W. 14th St., and grabbed diapers off the shelf, stuffing them into his bag.

An 18-year-old male employee approached the suspect, who reportedly brandished a metal object to make him back off. The shoplifter walked out of the store with the items and fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Later that same night, around 11:40 p.m., the same suspect, according to police, was on the Upper West Side, where he filched goods from a Duane Reade at 380 Amsterdam Ave., at W. 79th St.

In that incident, a 23-year-old female private security guard approached the man as he was walking out of the place with unpaid items. A struggle ensued as the guard tried to grab the man but he again brandished a metal object and got away. The guard was uninjured.

Police provided surveillance photos of the suspect from all three incidents and video from the last one.

Police ask that anyone with information call the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

All tips are strictly confidential.

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