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Elderly Cruise Ship Passengers Robbed
Three Woman Robbed Near Cruise Ship Dock

MS Astoria - February 24, 2008

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Elderly Cruise Ship Passengers Robbed
Three Woman Robbed Near Cruise Ship Dock

MS Astoria - February 24, 2008

Three elderly women in their 70s were robbed within view of the cruise ship dock at Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

Dave Newton a local citizen and business owner tells the story of three women he encountered immediately after they had been robbed.

Newton says he took an interest in the crowd gathering around the three elderly women of German descent, because they were in a bad part of town, a part of town within eye sight of the cruise ship docks, which he can see from his home.


His concern for them as he drove by was because he was robbed there on the previous Friday. A co-worker had been robbed on the sidewalk the Friday before that. His instincts told him these women were in "potential danger" when he saw them and turned back to help.

Newton turned back to assist the women whos ages were 76, 74 and 72. The eldest lady had her digital camera stolen, after she was knocked to the ground and had her wrist wrenched until she let go of the camera.


She says that it had all the photographs of the trip which included Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand. She indicated they could keep the camera, she just wanted the memory card. I don't know about her camera, but a memory card for my digicam can go a couple hundred bucks. No thief would be likely to part with it, just to be nice to an old lady he had wrestled to the ground.

The other two ladies had held tight to their cameras and the thug gave up, I guess the entire robbery taking too long, and he fled the scene without the other two cameras.

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