A thief is in custody and items have been recovered after someone reported a suspect's criminal mischief this morning.

Credit: Richland Police Department.

The Richland Police Department was dispatched to the area of the 1600 block of Platt Avenue for a vehicle prowl in progress. The incident took place just after 8:00 this morning. (Friday, March 5th)

The adult male suspect was witnessed stealing items from a yard and looking into several vehicles in the area.

The suspect fled on foot from responding officers, however, was detained a short time later. 25-year old Michael A. Ham was arrested at the intersection of Wilson and Thayer.

Ham was booked on several charges, including trespassing, theft, and vehicle prowling.

If you live in the area and are missing anything, please call the Richland Police Department at 509-628-0333. Your stolen items may have been recovered.

Richland Police remind you to LOCK YOUR VEHICLES.

Alert neighbors are the best. Take notice of your surroundings. If you see any suspicious activity, call the Police and report it.

If dogs are barking, motion lights are turning on...call 911. Thieves do prowl nice areas where nice cars are parked. They randomly check vehicles for unlocked doors.

Never leave a spare key inside your vehicle. If thieves are searching your vehicle, they WILL find the spare key.

Do NOT leave valuables in your vehicle.

Also, NEVER leave your vehicle running unattended.

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