WESTPORT — A report of ding-dong ditch call back in May left a North Haven resident to face charges for the illegal sale of a firearm, police said.

Westport police responded to Lilac Lane on a report of someone ringing a residential doorbell and fleeing around midnight on May 24.

After canvassing the surrounding area, police located a vehicle parked further down the street with its lights off and a single passenger in the car.

The driver, 38-year-old Lauren Abriola, told police that she was in possession of a handgun. When police learned that she didn’t have a permit to carry the firearm, they seized the weapon.

After checking the gun’s serial number in the state’s pistol permit database, police learned that the firearm was originally owned by a Nicolas Cappiello, out of North Haven.

In an interview with detectives, Cappiello claimed that he had given Abriola the gun to keep in her house, police said.

After the interview, police applied for an arrest warrant for Cappiello, and on June 29, the suspect turned himself in.

Cappiello was charged with the illegal transfer of a firearm. He posed the $10,000 surety bond, and he is expected to appear in court on July 12.

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