Photo of the suspect’s entering the vehicle

GAHANNA, Ohio (WCMH) — Gahanna Police are looking for three men who allegedly held a resident at gunpoint to steal multiple firearms.

According to police, the three suspects went to a house on the 400 block of Barwood Avenue on Aug. 3 just before 1:20 p.m. to supposedly purchase a gun that was shown to be for sale on social media.

“You never know who you’re dealing with online,” said Gahanna Deputy Chief of Police Jeffrey Lawless. “It could be a legitimate transaction or someone looking to rip you off.”

Lawless said a teen posted a gun for sale on Snapchat and encountered an individual who agreed to buy it. When the teen opened the door of his home, he was met by not one but three other teens. The suspects asked if the seller had other guns, which is when the encounter took a turn.

“He was obviously outnumbered and scared,” Lawless said of the victim. “One of them left with the weapons in a case and the other one stuck around long enough to wave a weapon around. Didn’t say anything, just waved a weapon around at our victim.”

Photo of the suspect’s vehicle

A neighbor who noticed the suspects running from the home called 911 and said he wasn’t sure what was going on and asked for a well-being check.

Lawless said two handguns, one AR-style firearm, and 90 rounds of AR-style ammunition were taken from the home.

Gahanna PD says the men are believed to be in their late teens and drove away in a white Chevrolet Cruze with slight damage to the front passenger side headlight.

“The vehicle has some damage to it, which makes it kind of unique,” Lawless said. “The weapons, we were able to recover serial numbers on them, so if those go to a pawn shop or those got to a legitimate dealer, we should be able to make a recovery.”

Lawless said police will consult with the prosecutor to review the situation and determine if the teen seller will face any charges. He said the family owned the guns legally.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gahanna Police at 614-342-4240.