A 5-year-old boy called 911 to report the Grinch stealing Christmas.


5-year-old calls 911 to report the Grinch stealing Christmas

'911 said, "911," and guess what happened?'


Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 19, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 7:27 am CDT

A boy from Mississippi was so concerned about the Grinch stealing Christmas that he did what any good  Samaritan would do—he dialed 911.

“I just gotta tell you something… the Grinch stole Christmas, OK?” 5-year-old TyLon Pittman explained to the 911 dispatcher.

The Clarion Ledger reported Monday that Pittman was watching Facebook videos about the Grinch when he decided to pick up the phone and alert authorities.  

“911 said, ‘911,’ and guess what happened?” TyLon said.

Lauren Develle, a police officer in Byram, who has loved the Dr. Seuss character since she was a kid, made something happen. She heard about the report and decided to do something about it.

“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,” Develle said. “I asked her to send me his address.”

Pittman’s mom didn’t believe her son had called 911 until an officer came to their door. A video posted to Facebook by Pittman’s brother shows Develle arriving at Pittman’s house to explain the holiday isn’t under threat.


“The Grinch is not going to come steal your Christmas. I won’t let that happen,” Develle told Pittman. 

The officer later took Pittman on a tour of the police station, where he got to lock up someone dressed like the Grinch in a jail cell, WNBC reported. 

But if the Grinch does try any funny Christmas-stealing business, Pittman, who wants to be a cop when he grows up, has a plan.

“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?'” he said.


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*First Published: Dec 19, 2017, 3:28 pm CST