Police have released hilarious footage from the incident, which took place on Sunday, July 1, at about 4.45am in Weekley Glebe Road.
A man picked up the gnome from a front garden in the area before falling into trellis fencing.
He then got back to his feet and made off with the gnome which was later found destroyed outside a nearby block of flats.
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A police spokesman said: "At the time of the offence, the gnome was wearing a red hat and blue jacket."
Anyone who recognises the man in the footage is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.