A young man was caught on CCTV slashing a hole in the roof of a convertible car.
He was part of a gang of five people filmed trying car door handles before he decided to cut open the soft top.
He can be seen cutting the roof with a blade before discarding a large piece of fabric.
After a look inside, the man leaves empty handed.
Police said the gang were filmed at around 2.30am on December 3 in Undercliffe, St Leonards, East Sussex.
PC Andrew Misrahi said: ‘The suspects can be seen trying the handles on a variety of cars and something must have caught their eye within the convertible.
‘Without hesitation, the suspect slices off the top of the roof, taking the piece completely off.
‘We are appealing for anyone who has information on these suspects to come forward immediately.’
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting the reference number 843 of 03/12.