By Jack Newman For Mailonline
Published: 11:05 BST, 16 May 2019 | Updated: 11:09 BST, 16 May 2019
A pair of bungling vandals tried to key a Tesla car but unknowingly got caught out when its inbuilt security cameras captured their grinning faces in action.
The video, taken by the Tesla Model 3's Sentry Mode, shows the duo walk towards the car with their faces in full view in Sacramento, California.
The car's security system adds a layer of protection and acts like a home alarm system by continuously monitoring its environment when it is left unattended.
A Tesla Model 3's inbuilt Sentry Mode captures two men walking towards the car parked next to a pickup truck
The car's cameras show the two men wearing caps walk to the side of the Tesla to a Ram pickup truck parked next to it.
After inspecting the truck's handle and pointing out some marks, one of the men takes out his keys and appears to drags it along the side of the Tesla Model 3 which costs around $49,000.
It is not known if there was a prior incident which caused the men to target the car.
The pair then return to the front of the car to admire their handiwork, blissfully unaware they have given the camera another full view of their faces.
One of the men appears to point out a mark above the door handle on his Ram truck before the pair appear to decide to take matters into their own hands
His friend appears to take a key to the side of the Tesla and scratch it along the body unaware the act is being