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North Carolina Doughnut Eating Champion Arrested Again After Dunkin’ Robbery

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – A robbery suspect who was caught after winning a doughnut eating contest in 2014 has been arrested again, this time for robbing a Dunkin’ Donuts, according to Elizabeth City Police.

Bradley Hardison

Bradley Hardison, 27, was charged Thursday with felony breaking and entering, felony safecracking and felony larceny in connection with the November 21, 2017, incident. Police did not say if he stole any doughnuts.

In 2014, Hardison was wanted for felony break-ins in Camden County and had been on the run for nine months.

Investigators say Hardison broke into Family Paradise Grocery in South Mills in November 2014. A few months later in May, they say he broke into a storage building at the Shiloh Shopping Center on N.C. Highway 343.

He was caught in 2014 after winning the doughnut eating competition for the Elizabeth City Police Department’s National Night Out Against Crime event. Hardison devoured eight glazed doughnuts in just two minutes.

Hardison’s win caught the attention of a local newspaper, along with the attention of Camden County Sheriff’s Lt. Robeson. Shortly after, Hardison was arrested for the crimes.