DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - A Pensacola-based contractor filed a police report saying that a former worker failed to pay him back for some tools.
As Daphne police began their investigation, they said they discovered that the suspect in question is a convicted sex offender, who failed to register with them.
Routine police work in the city of Daphne has uncovered at least two sex offenders in the past couple of weeks.
“That's typically how it happens,” said Lt. Judd Beedy.
Lt. Beedy said Jerry Richards of Fairhope was working for a contractor at a construction site in Daphne.
“They reported a theft case to us where he was a suspect in that case,” Lt. Beedy said.
When Daphne investigators got a hold of Richards driver's license and ran it through a national crime database they got quite a surprise.
“He's considered a violent sexual predator and that he had sex with somebody under the age of 12,” said Lt. Beedy.
Lt. Beedy said registered sex offenders are required to notify law enforcement when they move into or out of its jurisdiction.
“But part of being a registered sex offender is they're also required to register where their employment is,” said Lt. Beedy.
Police said because Richards failed to do so, he's now is jail.
“And one of the reasons is there are certain areas they can't work like around schools or around day cares,” said Lt. Beedy.
Lt. Beedy said Richards would’ve been allowed to work at the construction site had he notified them.
Last week, Daphne police officers responded to a business alarm call at a tire shop and found a man inside who said he lives and works at the business.
An investigation revealed that he was also a registered sex offender who failed to notify Daphne police that he moved to its jurisdiction.
Both suspects remain behind bars.
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