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State Auditor candidate Dale Peterson pleads not guilty to theft charges

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Dale Peterson speaks to FOX6 News after Tuesday's hearing. (Source: WBRC video) Dale Peterson speaks to FOX6 News after Tuesday's hearing. (Source: WBRC video)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Dale Peterson, a current candidate for state auditor, entered a not guilty plea Tuesday for theft of property charges.

On October 1, 2012 Peterson was arrested after police say he left a Walmart with beer and paper towels without paying for the items.

Peterson was found guilty in Hoover Municipal Court but appealed the decision to the Bessemer Division of the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

"When you feel like you're being maneuvered, it's hard to be quiet," Peterson said in an interview following Tuesday's hearing. "I'm a pretty straight shooter."

Peterson faces a similar charge in the Birmingham division of Jefferson County Circuit Court. On March 26, 2013 Peterson was arrested after Sam's Club store security say they caught him returning a can of cashews to a shelf after he ate from the package.

After Peterson left the store, security approached him and contacted the police. Peterson was also found guilty in Hoover Municipal Court but appealed the decision. A trial date is set for August 25 for that case.

Peterson, who gained fame during a 2010 run for Alabama Agricultural Commissioner for his political commercials, faces Mobile attorney Jim Zeigler in a runoff for state auditor Tuesday, July 15.

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