This just might be the cutest story of Christmas, 2017. A five-year-old boy names TyLon Pittman was watching watching some holiday classics on YouTube, when he became fixated on the the villain in of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Stealing Christmas is a crime, and Pittman wasn’t going to let the Grinch get away with it, so he called 911.
“I just want to tell you something. Watch for that little Grinch. Because the Grinch is gonna steal Christmas, okay?” TyLon told the 911 dispatcher outside of Jackson, Mississippi.
“The 911 dispatcher asked the child if he was home alone,” The Washington Post writes. He wasn’t alone. His dad was there, but not close enough to catch the boy before he’d dialed 911. By the time TyLon’s father made it to the phone, it was too late.
“No, no it’s fine,” the 911 dispatcher assured him. “He called in saying the Grinch was trying to steal his Christmas.”
The pair may have tried to hide the incident from the rest of the family. TyLon’s mother and brother had been shopping when the 911 call was made, but they were home that evening when the cops knocked on the door.
“TyLon’s brother, TeDera Graves, a senior airman in the Air Force, answered the door and saw a police officer standing there,” The Post reports.
“I cracked the door and saw the uniform and she explained to me, ‘I’m looking for a little boy who was watching the Grinch?’ ” said Graves, 25. “We called him out and he explained to her what happened.”
Graves recorded their interaction, as the officer assured TyLon that she’d protect him from the Grinch.
“She said she thought it was the cutest thing,” Graves said. “She wanted to pay him a visit to let him know his Christmas will be safe.”
And it gets better. “They invited TyLon and his family to tour the police station on Monday. When the 5-year-old arrived, they surprised him with a real-life Grinch (really someone dressed in a Grinch costume) who was in a police car. They told TyLon to lock him up.”
Tylon led the Grinch to a cell and locked him up. After a few moments, TyLon agreed to let him out.
“We thought it was funny, we were shocked he actually did it,” Graves said. “But we had a talk with him about when it’s OK to call 911.”