Last Updated Jun 24, 2013 11:37 PM EDT
Forbes Auto Body owner Ed D'Angelo says he's not interested in pressing charges now that the statue, one of two dog statues that "guard" his shop, has been returned.
The dogs are the work of James Simon, an artist who lives across the street from D'Angelo's shop in the city's Uptown neighborhood.
D'Angelo says the statues are among the artwork used to spruce up a neighborhood trying to rebound and rid itself of drug trafficking and prostitution.
Simon says of the theft, "You feel bad when one person disrespects a good thing that's happening."