Intruder surprised by armed, naked homeowner

Homeowner held suspect until police arrived

SAN DIEGO - It was a bizarre end to an attempted burglary at a Point Loma home early Tuesday.

Keith Groves heard a crashing sound and then another at 4:22 a.m.

"I jumped out of bed," he said. "I don't sleep with any clothes on and I was stark naked. I looked out and saw the garage door was open and my kitchen window was broken."

Groves ran back to the bedroom for one item: a handgun. He did not bother to dress. 

"And I went outside with no clothes and saw this guy standing in the garage and I confronted him, tried to be as bad-looking as I possibly could, probably pretty funny-looking," said Groves. "I yelled real loud to my neighbor, 'Joel, call the cops.'"

The garage houses a classic in mint condition: a '32 Ford Roadster. The man was standing next to it, smoking a cigarette.

Groves tried to project an image as he stood on his driveway in all his glory, pointing a gun at the would-be burglar.

"I'm not going to tell you what I said on camera because it was very vulgar," he said. "I dropped a bunch of f-bombs and tried to sound like a real bad guy, which I'm not … But I impressed him that I was."

Soon, he heard the welcome sound of sirens. A patrol officer arrived and the retired San Diego Fire-Rescue Department battalion chief was able to get dressed.

He has a belated New Year's resolution. 

"I will put some shorts by my bed," he said.

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