Jenson Button and Wife Gassed, Robbed of £300K Worth of Belongings

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2015

McLaren Honda driver Jenson Button from England takes a drink during a press conference before the British Formula One Grand Prix meeting at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Thursday, July 2, 2015. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday July 5. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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In a heist that sounds practically ripped from the movies, Formula One star Jenson Button, his wife and their three friends were reportedly believed to have been gassed in Button's mansion in Saint-Tropez, France, before burglars made away with possessions totaling over £300,000, per the Sun's Dan Wootton.

However, Mattias Galanthe of Reuters reported a local prosecutor and French police said there was no proof anyone was gassed during the burglary.

"Mr Button learned about the burglary as he woke up. Nobody was hurt," said Saint-Tropez police, via Galanthe. "For now, there is no proof (gas was used). This is based solely on their personal conviction as they had stomach aches when they woke up,"

Authorities previously told the Sun that they believed the culprits "pumped an anesthetic gas into the property through its air conditioning vents" and that among the items stolen was Jessica Michibata's £250,000 engagement ring. 

Button and Michibata were married in December.

Authorities believed two burglars were responsible for the heist and had been staking out the house during Button's time on vacation, waiting until they believed all of the occupants were asleep before pumping gas into the house. 

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Button, 35, has had a successful Formula One career, winning the 2009 championship. He has raced for McLaren since 2010, though it remains to be seen if the team will pick up his contract option for the 2016 season.

Per Wootton, he has also been tipped to be the new co-host of popular BBC show Top Gear.    

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