A brazen thief broke into a Scripps Ranch home early Thursday, pulled a gun on a resident and stole his SUV, which the suspect ditched about three miles away while making his getaway.

The burglar arrived at the house in the 10400 block of Rock Creek Drive about 2 a.m. and tried in vain to unlock the front door by using a set of keys he found in an unlocked Volvo SUV parked in the driveway, according to San Diego police.

A surveillance camera at the entryway to the residence captured images of the unidentified man, who appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing a hooded jacket and a backpack.

Undeterred, the burglar walked around the outside of the home and went in through an unlocked side door, then made his way into the master bedroom, awakening the homeowner, Lt. Julie Epperson said.

Pointing a handgun at the resident, the intruder demanded the keys to a second vehicle, a Porsche, parked in the driveway. Instead, the victim gave him the keys to his wife’s Volvo. The thief then left the house and fled in the SUV.

By tracking electronic signals from an anti-theft device installed in the stolen vehicle, patrol officers found the Volvo abandoned a short time later in the 13000 block of Calle de las Rosas in Rancho Penasquitos, the lieutenant said.

The burglar was described as a clean-shaven, roughly 5-foot-8-inch white man with a large tattoo on the back of his right hand.

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