Jimmy Nelson was left devastated after his passport was stolen in a robbery at the Melbourne Airport.
The photographer had been on holiday with his wife and two daughters in Bali when he was approached by two men who demanded he provide their name and passport details.
The couple were taken into custody and held for two hours before they were released.
They were charged with a serious crime.
“They had a very nice, well-made, very well-paid job, and they were going to get paid for their work,” Mr Nelson said.
“It was a little bit of a shock when they said ‘we want to know your name, passport details and where you’ve been for a few days’.”
“We were pretty shocked.”
Mr Nelson said the thieves left with a passport, and were unable to retrieve it until about 10pm on Monday.
“I had to take the photo at the airport, so I couldn’t take my passport home,” he said.
Mr Nelson was released after he completed his post-trip assessment.
“You’ve got to do your own job and do it well, you’ve got no control over it.”
There’s no way of telling what’s going to happen next,” he told the ABC.”
If you’re working a day job and you’ve lost your passport, you’re screwed.”‘
It’s scary’Mr Nelson had been planning to visit Bali, but the theft of his passport forced him to cancel his trip.”
When we got back to Melbourne, the police came up to me and said they’d been involved in a similar incident, so there was a bit of anxiety,” he added.”
The police didn’t tell me that it was going to be the same person, so it was pretty scary.
“At the moment I don’t know how to deal with it.
I’m just in shock, I don.”
Now I just have to think about getting back to work and putting everything back on track.
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