bust of Elvis Presley swiped from a central Illinois barHere’s one theft story with a happy ending. Remember that bust of Elvis Presley swiped from a central Illinois bar? It has been returned after the story of its theft attracted international attention.

Employees at Jimmy’s Bar found the missing bust one Thursday night sitting on a porch outside the West Peoria saloon, the Peoria Journal Star reported. The theft had been discovered that previous Sunday morning.

“He’s back!” pub owner Jimmy Spears commented on Facebook early Friday, attributing the bust’s return to the widespread attention its theft had attracted. The previous Wednesday, the bar’s Facebook page had made an appeal for its return: “No questions asked.”

Spears said he was considering ways to improve security for the bust, but for now it’s back in its familiar position overlooking the saloon and greeting customers from atop the center of its long bar.

Spears, the bar’s owner for 39 years, said his niece bought the bust about 15 years ago at a garage sale for $20, and it soon became the business’ bar-top mascot.