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.