A five-year-old Mississippi boy who was watching a video clip of How the Grinch Stole Christmas called 911 prevent the Grinch from stealing Christmas. To his surprise, the police even made an arrest.
On Saturday (16 December) TyLon Pittman who was seeing the clip, called the local police department in Byram to report the intentions of the character green Dr Seuss.
According to UPI, after the kid's call, the police department received another call on 911 but this time from TyLon's father, who scolded him.
"Boy, you better stop watching so many cartoons!" he said as the police laughed.
The police, on the other hand, did not dismiss the call as a prank, and instead showed up at TyLon's house to tell him that his Christmas won't be stolen.
"I can NOT make this up!!! My five year old brother called the police and said that the Grinch is stealing people Christmas and he don't want him to steal his so they really came to our house!" TeDera Dwayne Graves II wrote in a post on Facebook.
Byram police officer Lauren Develle told the Clarion Ledger newspaper: "I asked [TyLon] if he saw the Grinch, what would he do, and he said he'd call us and get us to come take him to jail. So I ended up looking around and I found him."
"You thought the Grinch was going to steal your Christmas, for real?" TyLon's mother, TeResa Pittman, asked him. TyLon nodded solemnly saying: "He steals everybody's Christmas."
On Monday (18 December), the police brought TyLon to the station as they had arrested the Grinch. They wanted Tylon to identify him.
Hanging his head, still wearing his Santa outfit, the Grinch put up no fight as he was shut in the holding cell inside the police department. The Grinch could be charged with various crimes, including attempted theft of Christmas, Develle said.
"You have saved Christmas for the people of Byram," the Grinch told TyLon. "Your bravery is unmatched. You have saved the day."
TyLon in return asked the Grinch: "Why are you stealing Christmas?" and after a moment of thought, the Grinch just shrugged his shoulders, USA Today reported.
To make sure Tylon never forgets thus day, Byram police chief Luke Thompson presented him with a Grinch doll. Like Develle, Thompson also made a promise to Tylon, who wants to be a cop when he grows up: "When you turn 21, come back and I'm going to give you a job application, OK?"
"Let's have a little joy this year," Thompson said. "And this has certainly brought a lot of people joy."