During the predawn hours of Monday morning, a statue of Marilyn Monroe was stolen from the Four Ladies of Hollywood gazebo, which sits at the gateway to the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the stainless steel statue, which depicts Monroe in her 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch," was added to the location in 1994. It was one of several pieces of artwork created to honor trailblazing women in entertainment Monroe was included among Dolores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, and Anna May Wong. The metallic fixture sat atop the gazebo.

"I am calling this the great Marilyn caper of 2019," Councilman Mitch O'Farrell stated, adding, "We have a witness who saw someone climb this structure and saw off the statue at the top."

"It means something to the community, and we're going to investigate this to the best of our ability," LAPD Det. Douglas Oldfield said.

As reported by NBCLA, security footage, which can be viewed below, appears to pick up a man climbing down from the artwork and walking away with a backpack. Two men, both wearing hats, can then be seen on the Walk of Fame with the backpack before entering the lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel to meet with a couple inside. Once they arrive, they open the satchel and take a look at the statue.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood division and forensics experts are said to be investigating the current whereabouts of the statue. It is said that they have already developed a theory regarding how it was stolen from the location.

While no names have officially been released, police have identified two suspects and two people of interest. Forensics experts have noted that they were also able to recover prints from the top of the installation. More details will become available as the investigation continues.

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Marilyn Monroe is pictured here in 1954 in Palm Springs, California. Getty Images