Reynoldsburg police are investigating reports of several phone calls where the caller attempts to discover if certain homes have burglar alarm protection.
Lt. Ron Wright did not provide specific addresses, but said at least six residents received such phone calls in the past week. He said the caller attempts to sound like a telemarketer selling an alarm service.
"We believe this may be a scam to discover whether or not the residence has an alarm," he said. "Should you receive a call from an alarm company, don't tell them whether you have an alarm or not. Tell the caller you are satisfied with services you have."
Wright said residents should not share information about whether they have alarm services with anyone they do not know and trust.
He suggested residents register their phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry at donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222.
Residents may also call that number to file complaints if they are still receiving telemarketer calls after registering the numbers, Wright said.
In other Reynoldsburg police reports:
• Officers responded to a theft of auto report the morning of March 1 in the 6800 block of Retton Avenue. The homeowner said her 2008 Lexus was stolen after she let a man she met through a website spend the night with her for two nights. She told police he had emailed her for over a month and that she met him for the first time Feb. 27.
The man told her he was basically homeless because the electricity was turned off at his residence. She said when she woke up March 1, her Lexus was missing. Later that day, she contacted police because the man called her and said he left the car at Easton Town Center. Columbus police officers met the woman to help retrieve the car, but the man could not be located, according to the police report.
• A child wearing no coat or shoes was reported to be running in the snow at 6:55 p.m. March 2 at Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave. A woman told police she talked to the child, who said he was 10 years old. The reporting officer said the boy was wearing what looked like pajama bottoms and a thin, long-sleeved shirt when it was 22 degrees outside.
The boy told the officer he got a bad grade in school and when his mother found out, he said she told him to go get a belt so she could beat him. Instead, he ran out of the house.
Officers talked to his mother, who said she had taken the boy's shoes, games and other items away as punishment because he was not doing well at school. The officer wrote in the report, "I asked her if she ever hit her child and she began to cry and stated she ran a strict household."
The officer said Franklin County Children Services was notified.
• Officers responded to reports a man had threatened his neighbor with a gun March 6 in the 1800 block of Pickering Drive. The neighbor said he had confronted the man after he almost hit his daughter as she was crossing the street. He said the man said, "Oh, well, I missed her."
The neighbor said the man then went into his house and got a handgun and threatened to "blow his (the neighbor's) head off."
Officers were not able to locate the man or the gun, but gave the neighbor a temporary protection order.
• A woman reported at 7:51 a.m. March 7 that a teenage boy showed up at her house in first block of Tamar Court with what he said was a gunshot wound. Police and Truro Township Fire Department medics responded. The boy's wound was treated and the gun was recovered by police. No charges were filed after police determined it was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound, due to the mishandling of a firearm, according to the police report.
• A woman reported she found a bullet hole in her window at 3:01 p.m. March 1 at her home in the first block of Lancaster Avenue. The reporting officer said the hole appeared to be from a pellet or BB gun.