Two thieves rode off with a beach buggy after breaking into Bulli Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday night.
CCTV footage shows the pair opening the garage door slightly around 10.36pm.
Just over an hour later, the two men returned, opened the door completely and entered the storage area.
On the CCTV footage, one of the men can be heard pointing out the CCTV cameras, before covering his face and going back outside for a few minutes.
When they return, that person has pulled a hoodie over their head and then walks to the right of the shed out of view of the camera.
He then drove the buggy - with a brand new rescue board on top - out of the gear shed.
Surf Life Saving Illawarra duty officer Anthony Turner said, judging by the tyre marks, the pair had driven the buggy up and down the beach several times before it got bogged in the sand.
The pair then left it there, but not before stealing the rescue board and a loud hailer.
Around 4am, nearby residents found the bogged vehicle and went home to get shovels and dig it out before the tide came in.
Because of their actions, the buggy was still in working order and was used on Sunday's patrols.
The surf club has posted the CCTV footage to its Facebook page in the hope someone recognises the pair - one of whom had a distinctive pink backpack.
People with any information are asked to contact Wollongong Police District and/or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
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