Nice: French police have launched a probe after British F1 driver Jenson Button (35) and his wife Jessica Michibata were burgled on the French Riviera, but authorities cast doubt on suspicions that sleeping gas was used in the robbery.
Formula One driver Jenson Button and wife Jessica Michibata
The couple were in a rented villa in the glitzy resort of Saint-Tropez with friends when the thieves made off with Jessica's engagement ring and other valuables worth $465,000 on Monday evening, a source close to the probe said.
"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," said a spokesman for Button, the 2009 world champion.
The thieves may have operated by pumping sleeping gas into the house through the air conditioning, he added. However, authorities cast doubt on the idea that gas was used. Button, currently signed to team McLaren, lives in Monaco.