Three stolen pit bull puppies found, three still missing

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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – Three stolen pit bull puppies have been found safe and sound. We first told you about the stolen pups earlier this week -- six of them were snatched out of the dog pen in their owner's yard.

It happened in broad daylight on Sunday. An arrest has been made, as police search for the remaining animals. One of the stolen puppies was found in Richmond and two in Hopewell.

The owner of the animals, Chris Raymer, is relieved they're okay.

"I'm shocked they were found as fast as they were. I wasn't expecting them to be found so quickly," said Raymer.

It appears the crooks hopped over a fence and took the puppies. Police say your tips led them to James Michael Bostic of Hopewell. He's charged with buying and receiving stolen goods.

Police say Bostic admitted he knew the animals were stolen when he accepted them during some type of trade with another person.

Investigators say Bostic sold one of the puppies to somebody in Richmond and had two with him when he was arrested at his home in the 1300 block of Liberty Avenue -- that's less than a half mile away from where the puppies were stolen.

"The animals mean a lot to me. They're like my children. I hope to have them back soon," said Raymer.

Although three of the puppies have been found -- three are still missing. Investigators say they're confident they'll find the remaining animals and the thieves who stole them. Raymer says he plans on better securing his dog pen.

"It will be a lot closer to the house and maybe video surveillance cameras real soon, hopefully," said Raymer.

For now, the recovered puppies are being kept at the Hopewell animal shelter.

When the six pit bull puppies were stolen one was left behind. Police say many of you called concerned about her health. A veterinary has checked the animal and says she's in great shape.

If you have any information on the three puppies that are still missing contact Hopewell Police Department at 541-2222.

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