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Chris Hansen, the one-time host of “To Catch a Predator” has been arrested in Stamford, CT. for larceny.

Whew! For a minute there we were worried he’d been busted ‘macking’ on a 12-year-old!

Cops say he failed to pay a local vendor nearly $13,000 for stuff he’d purchased in 2017 … and allegedly gave the guy the runaround with 2 bounced checks. 

According to Stamford PD, Chris bought 355 mugs, 288 t-shirts and 650 vinyl decals from a mom-and-pop shop in town for marketing events he planned to attend. The owner says the goods were delivered, but Chris bailed on his $12,998.05 tab.

The owner says after the first check bounced, he threatened to go to the police. Chris allegedly offered to make 4 partial payments, but the owner rejected that deal.

Chris then bounced a second check, and asked for more time. The owner claims Chris sent emails saying he was selling his boat to come up with the cash, but a check never came, and a warrant was issued for Chris’ arrest.

He turned himself in Monday, and was booked and released from jail.

We offer Chris our sincerest hopes that he gets back on his feet and finds another hosting gig soon. “To Catch a Debtor” has a nice ring to it. 

The Chicks on the Right discussed Hansen’s sad legal woes, Wednesday. Click below to check it out: