Police in Byram, Mississippi got a call over the weekend about an imminent threat to Christmas. TyLon Pittman, a 5-year-old who aspires to be a police officer when he grows up, called 911 to warn them that The Grinch was on his way.
The dispatcher who took TyLon's call thought it was so funny that she posted about it on Facebook, and Officer Lauren Develle asked for the address. She went to TyLon's house to assure him that his Christmas was safe from harm.
TyLon's older brother, TeDera Graves, posted a few pictures and videos of his brother's encounter on Facebook.
"I kind of find it really funny... Every Christmas morning, my dad wears these Grinch pants," she told reporters. "It's his favorite movie. Growing up seeing the Grinch every Christmas was my favorite thing."
It was for that reason she went above and beyond to make sure TyLon felt that his Christmas was secure.
"So what are you going to do if he tries to steal your Christmas?" Develle asked him.
"I want y'all to come back to my house and take him to jail," TyLon said simply.
On Monday, Develle arranged for TyLon to help her do just that. She and other officers gave TyLon some early career training as they apprehended a costumed Grinch and put him into a holding cell. TyLon even got to interrogate the villain about why he steals Christmas.
“For them to go this far and have this happen, when he wants to be a police officer, it means a lot,” Graves told the Ledger. “And it just shows that there are some really good people out there.”