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Donut champ out-eats police, gets arrested and says 'I am innocent (of stealing)'

He scored a sweet victory, out-eating police officers to win.

But the triumph turned sour when cops arrested the North Carolina man, after a newspaper story about the win led to his arrest on breaking and entering charges

Bradley Hardison, 24, ate eight doughnuts in two minutes on Tuesday night at at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime.

He beat a group that included local police officers and firefighters, Mail Online reported.

The report caught police's eye and they brought Hardison in for questioning on Wednesday.

Accused of stealing $6,260

The Camden County Sheriff's Lieutenant Max Robeson recalled: "I said, 'Congratulations on your win last night", before arresting the man on criminal charges of breaking and entering and injury to real property.

It seems he is wanted in connection with two break-ins.

In November, investigators say Hardison broke into several grocery stores and he is accused of stealing US$5,000 (S$6,260) in cash.

But Hardison says he's not the wanted man.

And he's come fighting on Facebook.

Sources: Facebook, Mail Online