Waipuna Hospice has been attacked by thieves who ransacked the charity's Tauranga depot, making off with donated items and the hospice's signwritten van.

Police were at the Brook St depot near Fraser Cove this morning investigating the break in, which is believed to have happened between Saturday afternoon and 8am this morning.

The hospice appealed on Facebook this morning for any sightings of the van, which is believed to have been loaded up with stolen gear before being driven off over the weekend.

The white 2007 Ford Transit Van has a registration of DUY554. It had been parked inside.

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Van STOLEN! Please help...
Over the weekend our 2007 Ford Transit Van DUY554 was stolen from Brook Street Depot. It was parked inside and the depot has been ransacked - tools and laptop also stolen. We need your help - have you seen this van

A police spokeswoman said the property had been locked and secured, but it was possible the offenders gained entry through a side door.

"The entire building has been completely ransacked which is not a nice thing at all. They've just rifled through everything," she said.

If you recognise the van or have some information which might help police track down the stolen gear, or people responsible, please contact Tauranga police on 07 577 4300 or provide information anonymously on 0800 CRIME STOPPERS.