Waikato man Keith Millar took the law into his own hands on Thursday morning, making a citzen's arrest to recover his vintage car from a thief.
Mr Millar arrived home in Te Kauwhata from a weekend at the beach to find his "baby", a distinctive mint condition Holden 1970 HG Kingswood, had been stolen from his shed.
Another car, a purple 1995 HSV Senator, was also stolen.
After the thefts became known, members of the public tipped Mr Millar off to sightings of the car around Hamilton.
On his way there, he spotted his mint green car being driven towards Huntly.
"I spotted him, cut him off, got [the driver] out of the car and waited for the police," Mr Millar told Mark Sainsbury on RadioLIVE.
He says he owes the return of his car to attentive members of the public.
He was inundated with phone calls of sightings from around the North Island, and several eagle-eyed strangers even confronted him as he was driving the recovered car home.
"Three people stopped and said 'that car is stolen, we've seen it online'!" he laughed.
The Senator is still missing, but Mr Millar is hopeful it will be recovered.
He intends to beef up security for his beloved cars, but isn't too concerned now that the Holden has become so well-known.
"I could probably leave it on the side of the road and everyone will be too scared to touch it."