Arrest leads to recovery of stolen UTVs

Jeffrey Daily (left) and Harry Songe

Thursday evening, July 18, at about 8:20 p.m., the Beaumont Police Department 911 communications center received a burglar alarm from Beaumont Tractor at 4430 College St. The alarm company was monitoring live-feed video surveillance of the property that showed two men prowling the fenced lot. Patrol officers quickly responded, set up a perimeter and captured two men who were attempting to steal equipment, according to a BPD press release.

The business had suffered a previous theft of two Kubota utility vehicles (UTVs). That theft occurred earlier in the week. Detectives from the BPD Auto Theft Task Force interviewed the two men captured Thursday night and during that interview, the men confessed to the previous theft. They also led officers to the stolen UTVs, which were hidden in the wooded area behind a business near Interstate 10 at Hollywood Avenue. Detectives recovered two UTVs with an estimated value in excess of $20,000 and returned them to Beaumont Tractor.

Detectives identified the two felony theft suspects as Harry Joseph Songe, a 28-year-old resident of Crosby, and Jeffrey Lynn Daily, a 46-year-old resident of Beaumont.

Detectives booked Songe and Daily into the county jail on two counts of felony theft. Each count has a $25,000 bond. They are also facing charges of attempted theft for the incident that occurred July 18.