'Grand Tour' presenter Richard Hammond and his family gassed and robbed while on holiday in France
Richard Hammond and his wife Mindy have revealed that they were burgled and possibly gassed while on holiday in the South of France.
Richard Hammond, presenter for 'The Grand Tour,' and his family believe they were gassed by burglars who stormed into their holiday mansion. According to his wife Mindy, the thieves raided the rooms of all 15 guests at the property, taking cash and a watch. She also revealed how she almost walked in on the suspects.
“Nobody woke up," she said.
In a conversation with Sunday Express, Mindy, who is a columnist at the paper, said: “I’m pretty convinced we must have been gassed or something, because they were in all of the bedrooms – they went where they wanted, into each room, opening and closing the drawers, searching through handbags etc. You have got to have some kind of confidence to do that and to be quite satisfied that people aren’t going to wake up. That morning I slept in until eight. I didn’t even wake to Richard’s snoring! Nobody woke up.”
The two burglars who ransacked the villa were caught on security cameras as they entered the neighboring property after robbing Willow, the couple's daughter, of her watch. Quite a few guests at the Saint Tropez villa had their cash stolen, according to reports. Hammond also revealed how she almost walked in on the crooks.
She said: “The real horror story for me was that the night before we were late to bed and I heard a door downstairs shut. I thought 'That’s a bit bizarre' and decided I had to check it. I went downstairs and into the hallway. The door into the living room was shut, but I heard a male voice behind the door. I thought it was another couple staying up and went back to bed. Actually, it was the burglars.”
It was only later understood that the burglars had robbed the property just next to theirs the same night. However, after being caught on camera doing the deed, authorities were able to arrest the duo within 48 hours of the break-in, which took place last month.
Hammond and his family haven't had their luck favor them when it came to being robbed or burgled. He had his Hereford Castle robbed earlier this year.
The widely known presenter was recovering after a crash in a supercar in Switzerland left him injured when the thieves broke into the $2.5 million property.
Three years back, Jenson Button, a Formula 1 driver, was also a victim of burglars who was believed to have been using anesthetic gas.
Law enforcement in West Mercia told the Mirror: "We received reports that a burglary may have been in progress and officers attended. An investigation is ongoing."