A visit from Santa would have been nicer, but one boy from Kokomo, Indiana, is being hailed as a hero for his bravery.
A man who allegedly tried to steal a pickup truck just after midnight on Christmas Day was stopped in his tracks by the 9-year-old child, who was brandishing a pellet gun from inside a red 2009 Dodge Ram, WRTV reports.
The man quickly moved on to another vehicle, breaking into and driving off in a green Chevy Trailblazer that was parked nearby.
Kokomo Police arrived on the scene of the alleged crime and were able to find and follow the Trailblazer until the driver was involved in a traffic accident due to icy roads, ending his holiday ride.
Ollie L. Dunn, 32, of Lafayette, Indiana, was arrested at the scene and charged with auto theft, attempted auto theft, unlawful entry of a vehicle and driving without a license.
According to the police report, the owner of the of the Ram and the Trailblazer pursued Dunn in the Ram while they spoke with police, providing updates and directions on the stolen vehicle's location.
Kyle Sparling, the owner of the stolen vehicle, was inside the One Stop convenience store when the owner of the Ram told him someone was driving his truck out of the parking lot, according to the Kokomo Tribune.
Sparling reported that Dunn was "doing donuts" in the ice-covered street before speeding away. Dunn eventually spun out of control, causing damage to the vehicle when he struck a sign in front of a nearby business.
The Trailblazer's fender, tire well and windshield were damaged, but the vehicle can be repaired.
Sparling said he was relieved no other drivers were injured in the incident. He's also grateful for the other driver's help.
"He's a total true American," Sparling said. "He's a life-saver. If it wasn't for him, I doubt that I'd have my car, to be honest."
A 2010 South University study on crime patterns revealed that the holiday seasons bring an uptick of crimes of opportunity, reports Oxygen.
"Criminals tend to strike more during the holiday season because they know there are many people out holiday shopping," said Officer Jason Willingham of the Tulsa Police Department. "There are more victims out there. The more cars there are, the easier it is for those guys to blend in."
And car thefts happen whether the weather is warm or cold.