5-Year-Old Calls 911 to Stop the Grinch From Stealing Christmas

And he even got to make the arrest
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2017 2:29 PM CST
5-Year-Old Arrests the Grinch to Save Christmas
In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, photograph, TyLon Pittman, 5, assisted by officer Lauren Develle, "arrests" the Grinch for attempting to steal Christmas, at the Byram Police Department in Byram, Miss.   (Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger, via AP)

"I'm just trying to tell you something. Um, watch for the Grinch, 'cause the Grinch gonna steal Christmas, OK?" After watching YouTube videos about the Grinch, 5-year-old TyLon Pittman called 911 on Dec. 16 to warn authorities about his penchant for stealing Christmas, NPR reports. According to the Jackson Clarion Ledger, a dispatcher in Byram, Mississippi, posted about the call on Facebook, and officer Lauren Develle took an interest. "Every Christmas morning, my dad wears these Grinch pants," Develle says. "It's his favorite movie. Growing up seeing the Grinch every Christmas was my favorite thing." Develle drove over to TyLon's house to reassure him. “She said she thought it was the cutest thing,” Tylon's brother, TeDera Graves, tells the Washington Post. “She wanted to pay him a visit to let him know his Christmas will be safe.”

TyLon's family couldn't believe he actually called 911 about the Grinch. When his mom asked if he was actually worried the Grinch was going to steal his Christmas, TyLon got serious: "He steals everybody's Christmas." He told Develle the police should arrest the Grinch if he shows up. Develle decided to let TyLon do the honors. On Dec. 18, the boy was invited to the police station, where he found one of Develle's friends dressed as the Grinch. Develle let TyLon "bring him into the station for booking." She also gave TyLon a copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas so he would know the real message of the book. "It's all about ... bringing the joy of Christmas to a mean Grinch's heart," Develle tells NPR. "And I just wanted to make sure that TyLon knew ... the Grinch was really capable of loving Christmas as well." (Read more Grinch stories.)

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