LONDON, August 7- Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata were gassed at their luxury French villa as robbers looted the house and stole belongings worth £300,000 (Sh47,075,776.26).
The couple – who had been asleep – lay unconscious in bed as the burglars rifled through the rented St Tropez home, taking items including 30-year-old Jessica’s £250,000 (Sh39,229,813.55) engagement ring.
French police believe the gang had been watching the villa for days before letting off a canister of anaesthetic gas into an air-conditioning vent.
The raiders then broke into the luxury mansion and even walked around the couple’s bed. Three friends who were staying in the rented retreat are also believed to have been rendered unconscious.
The group only discovered they had been targeted when they woke up the next morning and found the mansion ransacked and the engagement ring missing.
Button, 35, who won the Formula 1 drivers’ championship in 2009, has a £71million fortune and was ranked as the third richest British sports star in this year’s Sunday Times Sport Rich List.
A source close to the McLaren driver told The Sun: ‘Police have told Jenson they’re convinced the burglars gassed the house using the air conditioning units.