On December 22, 2021, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) responded to a “Be-On-The-Lookout” (BOLO) for a white Grand Prix that was reported stolen from Volusia County. Deputies observed a vehicle matching the description traveling northbound on US-1 and conducted a felony traffic stop on Commerce Boulevard.

Christopher Stilwell (DOB: 11/11/1986) at time of jail booking.

The occupants were asked to exit the vehicle and complied. The driver, later identified as Christopher Stilwell (DOB: 11/11/1986), was found to not have a valid driver’s license and stated he did not know his license was suspended. He also told deputies the vehicle belonged to a friend of his fiancé and did not know it was stolen. He told deputies he received the car on Sunday or Monday to conduct an oil change on it along with some repairs. Deputies made contact with the registered owner of the vehicle and he advised he did not know Stilwell. Stilwell was immediately secured without incident.

Upon arriving to the jail, Stilwell was searched again and deputies located a small plastic baggie with .2g of white powdery residue in his left sock. Inside his right sock, a short blue straw with a white powdery substance was also located. The baggie and straw both tested positive for cocaine.

“Another criminal made the mistake of coming to Flagler County,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Our deputies did a great job arresting Stilwell and recovering the stolen vehicle without incident. I would like to remind criminals, do not bring stolen vehicles or your poison into Flagler County because we will find you and you will be taken to the Green Roof Inn.”

Stilwell was arrested for Introduction of Contraband, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. He was transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility without incident and is being held on a $4,000 bond.

The passenger was released without charges.

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Melissa Morreale

Public Affairs Officer

Organizational Services Division

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office