Sussex Police are hunting a van with the number plate BK52P2V.
It has been reported to the police six times so far in February, having been seen around Newhaven, Hailsham, St Leonards and Hastings.
The driver and his passenger, also pictured, have been spotted rummaging around gardens, looking for bikes, scrap metal and car batteries, say officers.
Sussex Police said, “One specific offence linked to this van has been reported so far, the attempted theft of a car battery which was outside a house in Hythe Crescent, Seaford, on February 4, but if you notice the van or its occupants around your area please contact the police via firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 330 of 15/01.”
You can also report online to https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/or call 101.
If you would like to help tackle crime locally in your area, please visit Neighbourhood Watch: Sussex at www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.