Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Jenson Button Facebook Page | posted August 10, 2015 08:33
$450K worth of possessions stolen from a mansion Jenson Button was staying in
What was supposed to be a relaxing summer break for McLaren F1 driver Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata, turned into a traumatic experience as they became the victims of a robbery in France.
The mansion they were staying in Saint Tropez, France was supposedly gassed with anesthetic according to local police which made the couple and their friends lose consciousness. The possessions stolen inside the property reached a staggering $450,000 (about PhP 20.6 million) which mostly consisted of jewelry. Among the things that were stolen included the engagement ring of Button’s wife.
The burglary was apparently committed by two individuals that managed to pump anesthetic gas onto the air conditioning system of the mansion. After falling asleep, they all woke up feeling groggy and then realized that they were a victim of a brazen robbery after checking that there were some missing things inside the mansion.
A spokesperson for Jenson Button confirmed that the incident did happen and the things that were stolen included their engagement ring. Interestingly, the police stated that this has become the new modus operandi of thieves in the region.
“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,” said the spokesperson.
Jenson Button, his wife and their friends are now all right though there are no reports yet if the perpetrators have been apprehended or the stolen jewelry have been found.