Robbery victim donates laptop as a teaching tool

[This story was shared by RTV6's sister station WMAR in Baltimore.]

ABC2 first introduced viewers to Jeremy Harvey back in November when he was robbed at a Harford County library . The 22-year-old is living with Cerebral Palsy, and he's nearly blind. We showed you shocking surveillance footage that depicts a thief following the Towson student around the Aberdeen Library, then stealing his laptop when he least expected it.

"I have no feelings of resentment toward him. I'm not angry at him. I'm angry at the situation," said Jeremy.

It wasn't just any ordinary computer; the laptop had programs specifically designed for Jeremy, plus it was packed full of schoolwork and music that he's spent years composing.

"Even if it's something that you were proud of, you can never, I don't think I could've ever recreated it in exactly the same way. And so that was disheartening," he said.

The same day our ABC2 news cameras caught the suspect back at the scene of the crime, he was arrested. Days later, police found the laptop unharmed in the woods.

Leave it to Jeremy to use this as an opportunity to put others first. "I think that's how the world works," he said. "Is that we inspire someone and that in turn they inspire other people around them. And I'm glad that I could help to start that."

To say the Maryland Conservatory of Music is 'inspired' would be putting it lightly. Jeremy reconfigured the laptop, downloading programs to help students compose their own music, then donated it to the Conservatory.

"I said, 'Jeremy, that's very generous of you, but really, you don't have to do that.' I mean, he's a third year college student!" Said Dr. Duke Thompson, President of the Maryland Conservatory of Music.

Now, the laptop that was at one point snatched and spent days in the woods, is now used nearly everyday in lessons.

"To have him give this to us, and have this as his, 'Jeremy Harvey composition lab' or whatever we're going to call it, is wonderful," said Dr. Thompson.

"I think it's very generous of him, considering those kinds of products are pretty expensive," said Layla Wilson, a piano student of Dr. Thompson's.

Through his love of music, Jeremy has turned a crime into a gift that will play on.

"Music can say what words can't and so when it's accompanied by the music, that's what's going to touch people's hearts," he said.

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