Alabama Ag Commissioner

Nuts! Dale Peterson of Youtube Fame Arrested For Stealing Cashews

03.28.13 4:29 PM ET

Law and order supporter and ex-potential Alabama Ag Commissioner Dale Peterson (the stud in the video above) had a little run-in with the law (H/T Jamie McFadden):

Dale Peterson, who brandished a rifle and talked tough about criminals and thugs in a 2010 political ad that went viral on the internet, was arrested in Hoover this afternoon after authorities said he shoplifted from Sam's Club on Alabama 150. In the hours following his arrest, Peterson took to Twitter to explain his situation.

Authorities said Peterson ate a can of cashew nuts, put the empty can back on the store shelf and walked out of the business without paying. Because he walked out of the store with unpaid merchandise - in this instance police said it was in his stomach - his actions constitute theft.

Update: It gets even better!

The Daily Caller's Alex Pappas interviewed Peterson earlier today. Money quote:

“I can tell you right now on a stack of Bibles, Dale Peterson is not a thief”


He maintains that he had simply forgotten he had eaten from the jar.

“Maybe I’m getting too damn old, getting CRS disease or whatever,” the colorful Peterson explained, using the acronym for the phrase, “can’t remember shit.”

“I genuinely did not think about it when I put those peanuts back over there on that shelf,” he said.

Peterson argues his arrest over “22 cents worth of peanuts” is “unbelievable” because he tried to pay the store for the nuts after realizing his mistake. He also says he spent over $900 in the store that day.

“The whole jar was $13 dollars, but I had a little handful out there,” Peterson explained. “Never opened them again. And if you want to break it down, it’s about 22 cents worth of peanuts.”