MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A bigger reward is now being offered for the safe recovery of some stolen puppies.

A thief took a van belonging to Rescued Pets Are Wonderful from outside a home in St. Paul earlier this week. Five little pit bulls were inside.

Someone dropped off two of them at a gas station in Hugo, and another just turned up in Oakdale.

There is $1,000 reward for the safe return of the remaining two puppies. All of the dogs were microchipped before they were stolen.