Jenson Button has been left unharmed but shaken following a burglary at a villa where he was staying on holiday in St. Tropez, France earlier this week.
According to a report from British newspaper The Sun that emerged on Thursday evening, thieves broke into the villa after pumping anesthetic gas into the property via the air vents, leaving Button, his wife Jessica and three friends unconscious.
The two men then stole a number of items from the property, amounting to an estimated total of £300,000 ($465,000).
“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 confirmed.
“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.”
A source close to Button told The Sun: “It was a terrifying experience for them to know these criminals were actually in the room with them.
“Police have told Jenson they’re convinced the burglars gassed the house using the air conditioning units. Jenson is convinced that’s what happened too.”
Button had been on holiday in St. Tropez during F1’s enforced summer break, which lasts until the Belgian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.