Jenson Button gassed during shocking robbery in France – report

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Jenson Button gassed during shocking robbery in France – report
Charles Bradley
By: Charles Bradley
Aug 6, 2015, 10:34 PM

McLaren Formula 1 star Jenson Button and his wife were the victims of a shocking burglary in the south of France during which it is believed they were gassed with anesthetic.

(L to R): Jenson Button, McLaren with his wife Jessica Button
Jessica Button, wife of Jenson Button, McLaren
Jenson Button McLaren with his wife Jessica Button.

During the F1 summer break, the 2009 World Champion was holidaying in a mansion in Saint Tropez when the burglary occurred.

Possessions totaling over $450,000 were stolen, including his wife Jessica Michibata’s engagement ring.

Police believe thieves pumped anesthetic gas into the air conditioning vents of the mansion Button was staying in with a group of friends.

They reportedly awoke feeling groggy, before realizing that they’d been victims of a brazen robbery.

It is believed that the burglars stole the engagement ring from the bedroom where Button and his wife lay unconscious.

A spokesman for Button said: "Two men broke into the property whilst they all slept and stole a number of items of jewellery including, most upsettingly, Jessica's engagement ring.

"The police have indicated that this has become a growing problem in the region with perpetrators going so far as to gas their proposed victims through the air conditioning units before breaking in."

Yesterday, Button had tweeted a photo of him cycling in the local mountains with close friend and former Force India F1 driver Paul di Resta.

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