THIEVES stole five vans from Sunderland Royal Hospital in a morning raid.
The offenders broke into the transport department at the hospital and took a number of keys before making off with the vehicles.
Northumbria Police has since recovered two of them, but three are still missing.
Officers are looking for two Ford Transit vans, registration numbers NV08 AAO and NU08 NDD, and a Peugeot Expert Eurobus, registration number SF09 AYD.
All of the vehicles taken have the City Hospitals Sunderland logo on them.
Detectives say nothing else was taken in the incident.
Police first received a report at 5.45am yesterday.
Anyone with information should call Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191.