Everyone is familiar with the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” but for one Mississippi boy, the threat of Christmas being stolen was just too real to be taken lightly.
TyLon Pittman, a five-year-old from Byram, Mississippi, was concerned about the possibility of missing out on Christmas after watching the Grinch on TV. That’s when he called 911 to report the theft of Christmas to the police.
Byram Police Officer Lauren Develle heard about TyLon’s call for help and wanted to let him know that his Christmas is safe.
“Our dispatcher posted a status on Facebook that she had received a call from a little boy, and he told her he thought the Grinch was going to be coming to steal his Christmas,” said Develle. “I asked her to send me his address.”
Develle, a petite blonde whose favorite Christmas movie is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and has often been compared to the character Cindy Lou Who, felt like she was the perfect person to reassure TyLon that Christmas is still on as scheduled.
“I kind of find it really funny. Every Christmas morning, my dad wears these Grinch pants. It’s his favorite movie,” she said. “Growing up seeing the Grinch every Christmas was my favorite thing.”
TyLon’s family wasn’t sure what to think of at first when they saw a police officer standing outside their door that night. But after she explained why she was there, everyone enjoyed the humor of the moment.
TyLon’s brother, TeDera Dwayne Graves, serves in the US Air Force and is home for the holidays this year. Graves was able to catch TyLon and Develle’s interaction on video and shared it to Facebook.
“So what are you going to do if he tries to steal your Christmas?” Develle asked TyLon.
“I want y’all to take come back to my house and take him to jail,” he replied. “I’m going to say put your hands behind your back and get down on the ground; then when he gets on the ground, I’m gonna say, ‘Why are you stealing Christmas?’”
“The Grinch is not going to come steal your Christmas. I won’t let that happen,” said Develle.
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