An American tourist lost his passport and $40,000 USD when he was robbed by young men on bikes near the Botanic Gardens in Edge Hill. John Markewicz had saved up the money to buy a boat that he planned to sail back to the US. Police have asked ‘currency exchange bureaus to be on the lookout for any suspicious transactions.’

From the Cairns Post –

Cairns thieves get away with $40,000 US

The victim, John Markewicz of Washington state, said he was walking along a path just north of the Botanic Gardens when he was pushed to the ground by two young men on pushbikes and his backpack, which contained the currency, was ripped from his shoulders.

Mr Markewicz, 56, gave chase, and later found his backpack and towel, but his cash, his passport and phone were missing.

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