The F1 driver was away in the South of France with his wife Jessica and some friends when two criminals pumped sleeping gas into the villa by the air conditioning.
“(They) stole a number of items of jewellery including, most upsettingly, Jessica’s engagement ring.
Jenson Button and Jessica Michibata woke in their St. Tropez villa to find they’d been robbed of almost a half million dollars worth of valuables, including Michibata’s almost $400,000 engagement ring, British media reported.
The Sun reported on Thursday that the Buttons were “gassed in their sleep” and Jenson’s spokesperson revealed “this has become a growing problem in the region”.
“Jenson is convinced that’s what happened too”.
Jenson Button and his wife Jessica at the Australian Grand Prix this year.
Everyone in the property was in bed when the incident happened and first realised the next morning when they found the house had been ransacked.
The reports claim about 300,000 pounds worth of items were stolen, including Michibata’s 250,000-pound engagement ring, from the couple and their friends.
A source also told The Sun that police believe there were two criminals working together, and that they had been monitoring the property for days in advance of the raid.
He said they were unharmed but everyone “is unsurprisingly shaken”.
“What’s particularly terrifying for Jenson is that there were a couple of nights where the lads stayed out later and it was the girls left at the house alone”.
A source close to 35-year-old Button claimed police told the Formula One driver they suspected they and their friends had been rendered unconscious.