The Christmas hero was given a Grinch doll to remember the occasion.

By Talia Avakian
December 19, 2017
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The Grinch is no match for 5-year-old TyLon Pittman.

TyLon was watching YouTube videos when he heard the story of the Grinch and his plan to ruin Christmas. So TyLon decided to get some protection, calling 911 in Byram, Mississippi, on Saturday to let the police know the Grinch was trying to take his holiday away.

The call led a dispatcher to post about the 911 call on Facebook, according to the Clarion Ledger, which caught the attention of a fellow Grinch fan, officer Lauren Develle, who decided to make a personal stop to TyLon's house and keep his home safe from any Christmas theft.

Pittman's brother posted two video clips of the visit on Facebook Saturday.

In the clips with Develle, TyLon is seen showing her videos of the Grinch, telling her what he’d do if the holiday villain did try to show up to ruin his Christmas cheer.

“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?’” TyLon explained to the Clarion Ledger.

TyLon finally got his chance to ask the Grinch that question on Monday, when the Byram Police Department brought in a character dressed as the Grinch, telling TyLon they were putting him in a holding cell for the attempted theft of Christmas.

When TyLon asked the Grinch why he was stealing Christmas, the Grinch just shrugged, the Clarion Ledger reported, giving TyLon a memorable holiday message instead.

“You have saved Christmas for the people of Byram,” the Grinch told TyLon, according to the paper. “Your bravery is unmatched; you have saved the day.”

The Christmas hero was given a Grinch doll to remember the occasion, and told to come back to apply for a job at the department when he turns 21, according to the Clarion Ledger.