A little boy from Mississippi called police because he was scared the Grinch was going to steal his Christmas.

TyLon Pittman, 5, had been watching YouTube videos about the Grinch on Saturday night.

Worried that the green monster would try and ruin his family’s festivities, he decided to call 911 to report his concerns to police.

But the local police weren’t going to let the Grinch steal TyLon’s Christmas and decided to pay him a visit to reassure him the holidays would be safe for his family.

In video, uploaded to Facebook by TyLon’s brother TeDera Dwayne Graves, the officer explains to TyLon no one is taking Christmas from him.
“The Grinch won’t steal your Christmas, I won’t let that happen,” Officer Develle tells TyLon.

“But I understand you’re a big boy, you’re going to make sure the Grinch doesn’t steal your Christmas. Right?”

“I’d say, ‘put your hands behind your back and get down on the ground’,” TyLon said if he ever encountered the Grinch, USA Today reports.

“Then when he gets down on the ground, I’d tell him, ‘Why are you stealing Christmas?’”

On Monday, police staged an arrest of the Grinch just to reassure TyLon he didn’t have to worry about his Christmas being ruined.

Officer Develle joked the Grinch could be charged with crimes including attempted theft of Christmas.

Police chief Luke Thompson said police staged the Grinch’s arrest to remind people what the holidays are all about and it had “certainly brought a lot of joy”.

Well done little dude for saving Christmas!

Have your kids ever done something similar?

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  • A very cute story,love it!


  • I love stories like this where parents aren’t trying to use the police as a scare tactic for children to behave, it is great to see the police taking the time with kids after all we want our kids to call the police when they are scared not be scared of the police!


  • Awww that’s so adorable, both on the part of the boy and the police for going along with it! It’s wonderful that they took the time out for one of the youngest members of the community.


  • Obviously the parents/guardians weren’t alert to what their 5 y.o. was watching or thought nothing about it. I’m guessing the Police Officer was either experienced with children or has a very quick imagination in dealing with tricky situations. I love how she handled it with the answers and explanations she gave.


  • The Grinch has so many lessons to teach.


  • What a wonderful thing the police have done to reassure this young lad.


  • If the grinch was arrested how is he meant to learn the true meaning of Christmas and grow his heart?


  • Aw so sweet ! Beautiful indeed that the police played along :)


  • How cute. And a wonderful way of the police to react. That child will remember that for a long time


  • I actually saw this on the TV today and it’s wonderful that the police acted in the manner they did.


  • It’s great that the police made time for this.


  • What a sweet story. So good of the officer to go and talk with the boy! :-)


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