A Danish scuba diving teacher, who took part in the Tham Luang cave rescue operation, had Bt30,000 in cash and his smartphone stolen while he was leading a diving class in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Tuesday evening, police said.
Claus Rasmussen, 45, called the Thung Yai police station to report that the door to his pickup truck had been opened and the cash and his mobile phone taken.
He told police that he took three foreign tourists for a scuba diving lesson off the coast of Ban Thalay Song Hong Park in Tambon Krung Yai of Nakhon Si Thammarat's Thungyai district.
After the lesson, which lasted about 45 minutes, he returned to the pickup and found that the key he had hidden under a rubber sheet at the back of the pickup was gone.
Rasmussen said the key was used to open the pickup’s door and his cash and mobile phone disappeared.
Oxygen tanks left in the back of the pickup were not taken.
Rasmussen said he took part in the rescue operation of the Mupa Academy footballers and assistant coach last year and he returned to teach scuba diving in Nakhon Si Thammarat after the operation.
Police suspect that the thief was monitoring the pickup and saw the Danish hide his key under the rubber sheet on the back.