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Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said a staff member was having dinner at the station late on Saturday when they heard an "almighty ruckus downstairs" and went to investigate.
They saw a man slamming the bronze statue, which sits atop a tall plinth in the foyer, on to the floor.
"He was duly arrested and processed for wilful damage," Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.