An overseas con artist attempted to scam a 78-year-old man in the 7300 block of Saratoga Avenue out of $3,500, according to Reynoldsburg police.

An overseas con artist attempted to scam a 78-year-old man in the 7300 block of Saratoga Avenue out of $3,500, according to Reynoldsburg police.

This is the second "grandparent scam" reported to police in less than two weeks. An 82-year-old woman was tricked out of $3,000 Feb. 24.

The man told police he received a phone call at 10 a.m. March 13 from a man who identified himself as an attorney.

The caller said the resident's son was in jail and $3,500 was required to settle his car lease. The resident was instructed to load the money onto a gift card and call back with the information.

The resident checked with his family and discovered the call was a scam. He immediately alerted the Ohio Attorney General's Office and Reynoldsburg police, who traced the phone number back to British Columbia, Canada.

Police said residents should be cautious of any callers who attempt to have them wire money or purchase pre-loaded gift cards.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• Officers responded to reports of gunfire at 3 a.m. March 15 at a social club in the 6300 block of East Livingston Avenue.

When police arrived, they reported seeing several vehicles exiting the parking lot and people walking around the lot. Security staff from the club told police the gunshots came from the south end of the lot.

Officers then conducted a sweep of the area to ensure no persons were injured or needed medical attention. A woman told police she believed the person who fired the gun was white and fled in a vehicle but could not provide further information, according to police reports.

• Police were called to a fast-food restaurant in the 1800 block of Baltimore-Reynoldsburg Road on a report of a breaking and entering at 10:30 p.m. March 14. The owner said she received an alarm call around 10:14 p.m. and assumed the shift supervisor had accidentally tripped the alarm.

When she later checked her video feed, she saw a black man wearing a black hoodie either picking the locks or using a key and coming through the front door. The suspect got away with approximately $200 from the registers, then left through the back.

Police said the man appeared familiar with the computer systems and knew how to open the registers. The owner reported she had fired an employee the previous week for theft. The former employee had his own key and worked second shift, she said.

• A resident in the 600 block of Rosehill Road reported someone fired a pellet gun at her while she was driving on Rosedale Avenue at 6:30 p.m. March 11. She said she was westbound on Rosedale Avenue when she heard the rear driver's side vent window crack. She later found a small hole in the window and a BB pellet on the rear floorboard.