Connecticut State Police have arrested the former owner of a Croton Falls Pizzeria and charged him with manufacturing and selling illegal assault rifles and handguns. Detectives say they seized 59 legal and illegal firearms at the home of 44-year-old Michael Giannone of 38 Merlin Avenue in New Fairfield, Connecticut.
Giannone, the one-time owner of the now-defunct Bella Ella’s Pizzeria in Croton Falls, was arrested June 21, according to police, after he dropped his child at school, and was allegedly found in possession of a firearm while on school property.
Authorities say a search warrant of his home revealed a veritable arsenal. According to police, a total of 59 firearms were confiscated, including 48 legal firearms, nine illegal, unregistered assault rifles, including two AK-47 assault rifles with no serial numbers, and one rifle with an illegal silencer. They also recovered more than 10,000 live rounds of ammunition.
Giannone was charged with two counts of possession of an assault weapon, two counts of sale of assault weapons, two counts of possession/sale of high-capacity magazines, and two counts of illegal firearms transfer. He was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
The arrest was made after an investigation by the Connecticut State Police Statewide Urban Violence & Cooperative Crime Control Task Force, with assistance from the Connecticut State Police Bureau of Crime Investigations, the Connecticut State Police Special Licensing and Firearms Unit and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.