Doughnut-eating champ arrested for breaking into doughnut shop

By Ray Downs  |  Jan. 21, 2018 at 11:10 PM
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Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A North Carolina doughnut-eating contest winner was arrested Thursday for breaking into a doughnut shop, police said.

Police in Elizabeth City, N.C. charged Bradley Hardison, 27, with felony breaking and entering, felony safe cracking and felony larceny after he allegedly broke into a Dunkin' Donuts shop in November, the Virginia-Pilot reported.

Police said Hardison broke into the store's safe and took an undisclosed amount of money.

He was held in jail under a $7,000 bond.

This isn't the first time Hardison has been connected to doughnuts and crime. In fact, it was his doughnut-eating prowess that helped police arrest him during a previous run-in with the law.

In 2014, Hardison entered a doughnut-eating contest sponsored by the Elizabeth City Police Department and won after he gobbled down eight in two minutes. Turned out, police had been looking for Hardison for nine months in relation to several car break-ins.

So once they realized the contest winner was also a suspect, Hardison was arrested the next day.

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