BYRAM, MS — A five-year-old boy who became concerned after watching Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas decided to call the cops for some holiday backup.
TyLon Pittman, from Mississippi, told his mom he dialed 911 Saturday in hopes of getting the Grinch arrested before he could ruin the holiday.
HIs mother TeResa Pittman assumed that he was kidding — until the police showed up on Saturday night.
TyLon’s brother, TeDera Dwayne Graves II, who had just returned home from the Air Force and is home for the holidays for the first time in four years, opened the door to find an officer from the Byram Police Department.
Fortunately, the officer was able to see the funny side. “I’m looking for a little boy who was watching ‘The Grinch,‘” Officer Lauren Develle explained. “He called to say the Grinch is going to steal his Christmas.”
TyLon produced the evidence, showing Develle the YouTube clip he had seen and giving a full description of the Grinch. “So what are you going to do if he tries to steal your Christmas?” Develle asked TyLon.
“I want y’all to come back to my house and take him to jail,” TyLon replied.
“He was so serious,” Graves told CBS News. “The look on his face was so serious. That’s what made it so funny.”
Later, TyLon was given a tour of the police station, a goodie bag, and his own copy of the book. The police chief told TyLon, who said he wanted to be a police officer when he grows up, that he could return when he turns 21 to get an application.
On Monday, Officer DeVelle and “honorary junior officer” TyLon apprehended the Grinch himself and escorted him into a holding cell.
The Grinch said to Tylon, “You have saved Christmas for the people of Byram. Your bravery is unmatched. You have saved the day.”
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Main photo: TyLon Graves with Officer Lauren Develle [The Sacramento Bee (screenshot)]