The incident occurred at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 121st Street in Richmond Hill on Feb. 29 at 10:05 p.m.
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The 37-year-old NYPD traffic agent was in the process of writing the ticket when the man grabbed it and fled eastbound on Liberty Ave. in a white Kia sedan.
The machine has an approximate value of $2,500.
Surveillance video of the man inside a store and a photo of the suspect were shared by police.
If you know anything about the incident, contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers: 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) NYPDCrimeStoppers.com @NYPDTips on Twitter