The youngest member of the Ithaca Police Department made his first arrest Tuesday. The suspect? None other than The Grinch.
9-year-old Officer Colin Hayward Toland, who has battled brain cancer for most of his life, was sworn in as an honorary officer with the Ithaca Police Department this past September.
He got a few pointers before taking the suspect into custody at Center Ithaca around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“About an hour beforehand to we prepped him on arresting techniques, how do use handcuffs, how to give commands,” Ithaca Police Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson said. “And he went in and he got the job done and as a result Officer Colin saved Christmas, so we’re very thankful for that.”
The Grinch was arrested for trying to steal all of the presents under the tree. Though what he did was wrong, Officer Colin said he didn’t want to spoil Mr. Grinch’s Christmas.
“We don’t really want him to have a bad Christmas, but it’s just not fair to take away other people’s presents,” he said.
But Officer Colin said Christmas is about more than just presents.
“It’s not all about the presents it’s all about being with your family and feeling happy,” Officer Colin said. “Being with each other and remembering people who died and also sharing your feelings with people.”
“You know as we approach the Christmas holiday it’s important to remember things that really matter and this is something that really matters,” Williamson said. “Let’s do away with the divisiveness and the separation and come together as one community and I think there’s no better person to do that than Officer Colin.”
In fact, later at the arraignment, Officer Colin even agreed to let The Grinch take a plea deal. Officer Williamson said everyone could learn a thing or two from young Colin, especially those with a heart two sizes too small.
“I think it speaks to the size of the heart that Colin has,” Williamson said. “I mean we all know The Grinch has a very small heart and Collin’s heart is very big and he’s a very caring person and he’s perfect for the job of a police officer because he’s caring and compassionate. You know, he wants what’s best for this community.”
And now that he’s saved Christmas, Officer Colin plans on taking it easy.
“The only thing left to do for me is to just take a rest and wait until Christmas,” he said.