F1 star Jenson Button and wife Jessica Michibata had £300,000 worth of belongings stolen

Formula One driver Jenson Button, 35, and his wife-of-eight-months Jessica Michibata, have been brutally robbed, with robbers said to have taken £300,000 worth of the couples belongings from their St Tropez home.

What’s more, the newlyweds – who were asleep in the villa at the time – were gassed by burglars before having their expensive items taken, including lingerie model Jessica’s £250,000 engagement ring.

Speaking about the incident, a source has revealed: ‘Police have told Jenson they’re convinced the burglars gassed the house using the air conditioning units,’ adding: ‘Jenson is convinced that’s what happened too. The burglars were in the same room as him and Jessica, rifling through all their drawers. But they weren’t disturbed at all because the effects of the gas gives the burglars free reign.’

Waking up to a ram-shacked room would have been devastating for the pair, especially as they only tied the knot at the end of December last year, and have been living in married bliss ever since.

Jenson and Jessica weren’t the only people in the luxury French villa – three friends of the pair were also staying there.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the source added: ‘Over the past five years, it’s (gassing) becoming an increasingly common way for top criminals to launch raids on expensive properties in the area without being disturbed.’

A spokesman for Jenson has also spoken out saying: ‘Jenson, Jessica and friends were on holiday in a rented villa. 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.’

They added:

‘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. Whilst unharmed, everyone involved is unsurprisingly shaken by the events.’

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