Unlike many kids his age, 5-year-old TyLon Pittman loves talking to people on the phone. But one particular call he made this weekend had the police showing up at his front door, much to the surprise of his parents.
The Mississippi boy’s mother, Teresa Brown-Pittman, says, “He calls people all the time. If he gets your number, he’s going to call you and blow you up; but to dial 911, oh my God, no.”
But TyLon felt like he had a legitimate reason for calling the authorities Saturday night, according to Mississippi News Now. He had just watched a video of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and was afraid the green fiend was going to pilfer his holiday as well.
Officer Lauren Develle of the Byram Police Department, upon hearing about the young boy’s distress call, decided that this was a good opportunity to connect with the younger generation in the community, the Clarion Ledger.
TyLon’s parents were surprised and confused when Officer Develle showed up at their front door, but TyLon’s quick-thinking brother TeDera Dwayne Graves — home for Christmas from his service in the Air Force — filmed what happened on his smartphone.
“What’re you going to do when [the Grinch] tries to steal your Christmas?” Develle asked TyLon after his family got over their initial shock.
“I want you to come to my house and take him to jail,” TyLon responded shyly.
“We can take him to jail if he comes and tries to steal your Christmas,” Develle assured him.
His mom can be heard saying, “When I was in the kitchen, he said, ‘I called 911,’ and I said, ‘You’d better have not.’”
Develle gave TyLon a high-five for calling the police when he was afraid of bad guys, and the 5-year-old decided to give her his evidence of the Grinch’s wrongdoings by showing her a clip of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on a smartphone.
His older brother Graves thanked the police for how they treated the 911 call, writing on Facebook, “Officer Develle, thank you sooo much! You made his night!”
But the Byram Police Department wasn’t done with TyLon yet. According to the Clarion Ledger, they invited TyLon to the police station on Monday to let the boy arrest and book a costumed Grinch.
"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," Develle said.
Even the chagrined Grinch showed appreciation for TyLon’s actions, telling him, "You have saved Christmas for the people of Byram. Your bravery is unmatched. You have saved the day."
TyLon told the police he’d like to help them catch bad guys in the future, and they let him know they’d send him a job application when he got old enough.
His brother concluded, "For them to go this far and have this happen, when he wants to be a police officer, it means a lot. And it just shows that there are some really good people out there."
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