Richland Police won their mini track meet with a theft and car prowl suspect Friday morning March 5th.

Around 8AM, officers were called to the 1600 block of Platt Ave. for a report of a man seen stealing items from a yard, then peering into windows of numerous vehicles. He was also reportedly seen trying to pull handles to access them.

Upon arrival of officers, 25-year-old Michael A. Ham fled on foot, but after a short chase, say officers, he was captured near the intersection of Thayer and Wilson.

According to Richland city maps, Ham did not get very far, maybe 200-300 feet before being run down by officers; thereby showing again Law Enforcement usually wins the track meet.

He's now facing, theft, vehicle prowling and other charges. Police say anyone who lives in the area of Platt Street or the neighborhood who may be missing items from their yard or vehicles, contact the Richland Police Department as they did confiscate some stolen goods.

Police also emphasized to never store anything of value in plain sight in your vehicle, and LOCK it when you are not able to park in a secured garage.