Prisoner wearing handcuffs escapes police custody in Tribeca

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TRIBECA— A shoplifting suspect gave police the slip Thursday as he was being transported to the 1st Precinct, police sources said.

Cops searched the Franklin Street subway station, where the suspect is believed to have fled around 7:30 p.m.

Subway service on the 1, 2 and 3 trains was stopped for a short time as police searched the tunnel for the suspect.  Regular service resumed late Thursday with residual delays, according to the MTA.