The owners of a Brooklyn music studio are reaching out to a Juilliard student whose pair of brass instruments were stolen on the subway earlier this week. NY1's CeFaan Kim filed the following report.
Jazz musician Matthew Jodrell was riding the subway home to Astoria early Monday morning, after a performance in Manhattan. It was at about 3:30am when Jodrell says he fell asleep on the train. When he woke up, one of his pockets was slashed.
"I guess they do that to try to get your wallet without waking you up, and he managed to do that without touching me. And he actually didn't get the wallet," Jodrell said.
The thief, however, was able to make off with something far more valuable -- two brass instruments worth nearly $10,000 combined.
Jodrell had the instruments between his legs on the train when they were taken. His flugelhorn was handmade in Switzerland.
"I went to the factory, made a huge trek from Germany to Switzerland to pick up this instrument," Jodrell said.
He reported the incident to police immediately, but the instruments have yet to be found. Jodrell was borrowing the Bach Stradivarius trumpet from his teacher at the Juilliard School.
"I'm sure secretly he wants to kill me," Jodrell said.
Jodrell remains optimistic that eventually the instruments may turn up. In the meantime, there's an unexpected twist to this story. Good samaritans who heard the news are now offering to donate a Bach trumpet worth $4,000.
Patricia Robinson and Peterson Grosvenor run a music studio in Brooklyn. The trumpet they are offering is one of several instruments they give to their students who can't afford to buy one of their own.
"When I heard the story this morning on NY1 I saw the picture of it. And I said, I have a Bach trumpet," Grosvenor said.
Robinson says the idea to donate the trumpet was all Grosvenor's idea.
"He couldn't imagine him not having that instrument. To practice on, to grow from," Robinson said.
Anyone with information regarding the stolen instruments is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.