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A doctor who recently moved to the Upper East Side from Texas returned home after her first shift at a Manhattan hospital — only to discover her dog had been stolen from her apartment.
Dr. Autumn Brewer, 27, had just finished a 14-hour shift delivering babies at Metropolitan Hospital on Friday when she walked through the door of her new pad on East 94th Street and learned that her 3-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, Stella, had vanished, according to Upper East Site.
“I think I’ve been crying all morning,” the obstetrician told the outlet.
The NYPD confirmed to The Post on Monday that the “victim returned home, and her front door was unlocked.
“Dog, dog collar, leash and harness were removed from apartment,” cops said.
Investigators have been unable to review surveillance video from the building’s lobby camera and three exterior cameras to date — because the workers able to access them have been off for the holiday weekend, Brewer told the website.
She told detectives that “multiple people have access to the apartment,” police said.
One of those people is a female graduate student who Brewer met on the dog-walking app Rover, according to the article.
The dog-walker, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, took Stella for a stroll without incident Friday but said she had an unsettling encounter when she and the pooch later returned to the building.
Sarah said another woman with a small black dog and two trash bags was just standing in the vestibule staring at them.
The dog-walker said that when she then got up to Brewer’s apartment, it took her five to seven minutes to unlock the door as she struggled with the key she had gotten from the lockbox outside Brewer’s apartment.
After putting Stella inside the home, the dog-walker said she closed the door, which automatically locked behind her, and left — only to find the lockbox now gone. She eventually found it attached to window bars on an adjacent building.
A distraught Brewer has started an Instagram account entitled Bring Stella Home in her quest to crack the canine caper.
“She has loved being a city pup, which has been really nice, because we’ve just lived in small towns in Texas,” Brewer told Upper East Site of Stella.
The Rover app is reportedly offering a $1,000 reward in the case.
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