Prosecutor: Thief steals security system to keep out other thieves

Donald Hurley

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Investigators are searching for a suspect accused of stealing a home security system while wearing a shirt proclaiming his awesomeness.

According to Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr., 32-year-old Donald Hurley entered a retailer on the Columbus’ far east side and attempted to open the box of a Swann security system.

Pfeiffer said after Hurley failed to open the box, he left the store briefly before returning with a knife and cutting open the box.

Hurley then shoved the security components down his pants, said Pfeiffer. “He stole a security system, in theory, to keep other thieves from stealing items he’s already stolen.”

Hurley’s attire at the time also brought attention to himself.

“If you show up to steal something while wearing a t-shirt that announces ‘this is what awesome looks like’ I think people are going to notice,” said First Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick.  “Compound that with the fact that he stole a home security system and I am left to wonder, is this a thief with a flair for satire or does irony just completely escape him?”

A warrant was issued for Hurley’s arrest after he failed to comply with several summonses to appear in court to answer the theft charge filed against him.

Hurley’s past criminal record includes charges of DUI, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, felony possession of heroin, felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of marijuana, and felony probation violation.

Hurley is described as a white male, 5’ 10”, 149 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was 72 W. Coshocton Street, apartment D, Johnstown, Ohio.

Anyone with information on Donald Hurley can contact First Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick at 614.645.8874 or

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