Some people never learn: a North Carolina man who made national headlines for winning a police-sponsored doughnut-eating contest only to find himself in trouble with the fuzz shortly thereafter is again facing charges – this time for robbing a doughnut shop.
27-year-old Bradley Hardison was charged last week with breaking and entering, safe cracking, and larceny, all felonies, the Virginian-Pilot reported. The charges stem from a November 21 incident that allegedly saw him bust into a Dunkin’ Donuts and make off with an undisclosed sum of cash; it is unclear whether he stole any doughnuts in the process.
Hardison entered the national spotlight back in 2014 when he won a doughnut eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department National Night Out Against Crime. He showed up a slew of firefighters and police officers – many of whom had been practicing for the event for their whole career.
The day after the contest, though, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office realized that Hardison was the man they were looking for in relation to break-ins at two grocery stores. He didn’t steal anything at the time, but he was slapped with two counts of felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.
According to state records, Hardison was convicted of those crimes and spent a suspended sentence of three years in jail, with his time ending in October 2017. Now, the doughnut bandit is being held on a $7,000 bond for the latest charges, which could land him back behind bars for another chunk of time.