Ryan Durnin said the cherished statue, which was used as an ashtray, was made for him by a friend and included a built-in lighter. He said he was determined to get the sculpture back.
He took to Facebook over the weekend in an effort to recover the sculpture before reviewing hours of video footage from his surveillance camera to see whether he had captured the theft.
It turned out he had.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.