Five-year-old TyLon Pittman knows what to do in case a “bad guy” breaks into his family’s home. So when he heard that the Grinch was planning to steal Christmas, he made a call to 911 so the police knew about it, too.
TyLon made a call to the police department in Byram, Mississippi, a suburb just outside of Jackson, and told officers about the nasty green fellow after he watched the holiday classic for the first time. His mother, TeResa Pittman, said she couldn’t believe it.
“You better not have,” she said to her son after he told her who he called.
An hour later, there was a knock on their door. But it wasn’t the Grinch trying to take their Christmas tree in for “repairs” — instead, it was Officer Lauren Develle of the Byram Police Department.
“I'm looking for a little boy who was watching 'The Grinch,'” Develle said when the family opened the door. “He called to say the Grinch is going to steal his Christmas.”
TyLon told Develle that he wanted to take the Grinch to jail.
“We can take him to jail if he comes and tries to steal your Christmas,” Develle explained.
Then, she assured him, “I'm not going to let that happen.”
The entire ordeal was captured on smartphone video, which the family then published online. It’s since gone viral.
When the Grinch threatened to steal Christmas, TyLon knew just what to do. He called the police and brought in a real-life Cindy Lou Who. pic.twitter.com/XDTNt0cDKz— Ventura County Star (@vcstar) December 21, 2017
And as for catching the Grinch? TyLon even got to "arrest" him (or rather, someone dressed up like him) and put him behind bars with the help of the Byram Police Department. After his release, TyLon and the "Grinch" talked it out, and the Grinch decided not to steal Christmas after all.
One Mississippi boy called police for concerns that the Grinch was trying to steal Christmas! ?????? pic.twitter.com/IxLKp8GggR— Gulf Coast Today (@GulfCoast_Today) December 20, 2017
Holiday traditions — like watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" — become all-the-more enjoyable when we share them with children, who have yet to learn about them. TyLon’s story will likely be one that will be remembered in his family for many years to come.
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