CAMDEN COUNTY N.C. -- An Elizabeth City man's sweet victory in a police-sponsored doughnut eating contest has inadvertenly landed him behind bars.

On Tuesday Bradley Hardison, came out to Elizabeth City's 'National Night Out,' a police-sponsored event aimed at building a relationship with the community and preventing crime.

The problem? Hardison was wanted on two counts of felony breaking and entering in nearby Camden County.

But that did not stop him from participating in a doughnut eating competition, where he devoured his way to victory and into the headlines of the local newspaper The Daily Advance.

'It kind of ticks you off,' said Lt. Max Robeson of the Camden County Sheriff's Office when he read of Hardison's success in the paper.

Lt. Robeson says he's been searching for Hardison for months after he allegedly broke into two stores in Camden County.

'They interview him, he talked about winning the contest and talking about how good it makes him feel,' said Robeson. 'We've been looking for him for seven months related to two breakins, where he breaks in and steals people's property. That's not right.'

After reading the paper, Robeson says he dispatched deputies to find Hardison at his mother's Elizabeth City home where they arrested him.

He's currently being held on a $2,000 bond.

Hardison declined 13News Now request for an interview.

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