Three Gold Coast men are wanted for impersonating police officers in order to gain entry into a Varsity Lakes home, where they held three panicked housemates at gunpoint.
In a bizarre charade, the three residents – two men aged 20 and 26 and a woman aged 21 – answered a knock at the door and were greeted by three men who introduced themselves as plain-clothed police officers, reports Courier Mail.
The trio demanded entry under the guise of searching for a missing person. However, once invited inside the Thornleigh Street home, the men threatened the residents with handguns and forced them onto the couch while they searched the household.
After failing to find the subject of their search, the three gunmen fled. The Brisbane Times has reported that there were no injuries and that nothing was stolen.
It is believed that the residents were not known to the gunmen, and that there is no link between the housemates and the missing person.
The real Queensland police have released descriptions of the two men, describing the first as 185 centimetres tall, solid, and aged between 30 to 35 years. He is of Middle-Eastern decent, clean shaven and with dark hair. He was also wearing a black suit.
The second man has been described as a Caucasian of 191 centimetres and a “tanned complexion”, aged approximately between 27 and 30 years old. Courier Mail reports that he has a “full leg sleeve tattoo on his right leg.”
The third of the trio has a heavier build, approximately 183 centimetres and aged between 27 and 29. He was clean shaven with dark wavy hair, dressed in black and sporting tattoos on his arms and the left side of his neck.
Police are urging anyone who has seen the men, or is aware of any details relating to the crime, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.