A man dressed in surgical scrubs posed as a doctor at Melbourne's St Vincent's Private Hospital to pull off a bold drugs heist.
According to a report by radio station 3AW, now confirmed by Victoria Police, on June 5 a man dressed in surgeon's attire and wearing a hospital ID badge knocked on the door of a medication room and asked the nurses to supply him with a strong anaesthetic.
The man was given a small quantity of propofol, a short-acting, intravenously administered drug used primarily to sedate patients and to assist in the induction and maintenance of general anaesthesia during long surgeries.
According to the report, orderlies at the hospital, in East Melbourne, soon realised the man had been posing as a doctor when they found his dumped scrubs and badge in the ward's changing rooms.
A search of the hospital grounds failed to find the man.
A spokeswoman for Victoria Police confirmed detectives are investigating the theft of propofol at a Melbourne hospital between 3pm and 3.30pm on June 5.
St Vincent CEO Ian Grisold told 3AW News that staff quickly realised the man was an imposter and called authorities.
"This is a most brazen act - impersonating a doctor to get staff to hand over anesthetic medication," he said.
"We are shocked. This type of theft has never happened before. We are supporting our staff through this incident."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.