Police are searching for a man who they said stole more than $3,000 worth of Gucci clothing late last year from a store at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station.

The suspect was briefly subdued by a security guard in the mall parking lot following the theft from Saks Fifth Avenue on Dec. 7.

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But Suffolk County police said the man was able to break free from the guard and flee, though he left behind the stolen merchandise -- and his image, captured by a store security surveillance system.

The theft occurred at about 5:45 p.m., police said.

Police did not say what kind of clothing was taken.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential, police said.