F1 Driver Jenson Button and Wife Jessica Gassed and Robbed in South of France

Jenson Button
F1 driver Jenson Button and wife Jessica were robbed while on vacation in the South of France on Monday, Aug. 3. David M. Benett/Getty Images

Stranger than fiction. Formula 1 driver Jenson Button and his wife, Jessica Michibata, were robbed at their vacation home in the South of France on Monday, Aug. 3, and the crime has taken a bizarre twist.

On Friday, Aug. 7, a spokesman for the race car driver told the BBC that anesthetic gas may have been used to knock the couple out so the burglars could sneak in undetected.

According to reports, the couple were vacationing in Saint-Tropez with three friends at the time of the incident.

“Two men broke into the property whilst they all slept and stole a number of items of jewelry including, most upsettingly, Jessica’s engagement ring,” Button’s spokesman told the BBC. 

“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.”

Button, 35, and Michibata, 30, tied the knot in December. The former F1 champion drives for Team McLaren, and is currently based in Monaco, about 80 miles away from Saint-Tropez.

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