FOWL raiders stole special-breed chickens from a greenbelt farm.
The theft happened between 11.45am and 2pm, on Monday, May 19 at a farm in Sunderland Road, East Boldon.
Police are investigating the theft and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed it or any suspicious activity around the farm to get in touch.
Anyone who has been offered chickens for sale recently should also come forward.
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 946 19/05/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.