Formula 1 racing driver Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata were gassed until they were unconscious by robbers who then stole jewellery and other items worth about £300,000 from their holiday home in France.
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 engagement ring.
"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," a spokesperson for Button was quoted as saying.
"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.
"Whilst unharmed, everyone involved is unsurprisingly shaken by the events."
Local police are reported to believe that several experience criminals used an anaesthetic gas which they pumped into the luxury villa, knocking the residents out so they could access the property in Saint Tropez.
..... Devashree Goenka