Man killed in home in­va­sion

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bradley Sch­legel and Dan Sokil

Au­thor­i­ties dis­cov­ered a deFHDsHG PDOH rHsLGHQW — LGHQWL­fiHG Ds 48-year-old Joseph Canazaro — in a home on the 300 block of Swart­ley Road in Hill­town Town­ship the morn­ing of Jan. 18 af­ter an armed home in­va­sion, ac­cord­ing to Chris En­gel­hart, chief of the town­ship’s po­lice de­part­ment.

En­gel­hart said two sur­vivors — a woman and Canazaro’s 12-year-old son who had been bound by the in­vDGHrs — flHG WhH hRPH DQG FDOOHG au­thor­i­ties from a neigh­bor’s home.

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En­gel­hardt said Canazaro and the woman — his girl­friend — did not own the home, but one of her two chil­dren who lives at the home had left for school be­fore the in­va­sion. Both chil­dren and the woman were later ques­tioned by de­tec­tives at the Hill­town po­lice head­quar­ters.

The two sus­pected in­vaders were both wear­ing masks and car­ry­ing hDQGJuQs DQG flHG WhH sFHQH LQ D EODFN Lin­coln pickup truck owned by one of the res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to the chief. The truck was found shortly be­fore 4 p.m. Jan. 18 in a shop­ping cen­ter park­ing lot on Route 309 in Quak­er­town, ac­cord­ing to Matthew Wein­traub, the chief of pros­e­cu­tion for the Bucks CRuQWy DL­sWr­LFW $WWRrQHy’s RI­fiFH. $uthor­i­ties are ex­am­in­ing the truck and a nearby trash con­tainer for clues, ac­cord­ing to En­gel­hart.

He said the sub­jects should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous and that ad­di­tional weapons may have been taken from the home.

$uWhRrLWLHs wHrH QRWL­fiHG RI WhH in­ci­dent around 10 a.m., ac­cord­ing to En­gel­hart, but po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the area sur­round­ing the home that evening to de­ter­mine how WhH WwR Dr­rLvHG. $ SROLFH .-9 RI­fiFHr from the Quak­er­town Po­lice De­part­ment searched the home’s yard and a JrDssy fiHOG DFrRss 6wDrWOHy “RQ WhH RII FhDQFH WhHy wHrH hLGLQJ RuW” LQ the im­me­di­ate area be­fore the home in­va­sion, En­gel­hart said.

He said po­lice have not de­ter­mined how the sus­pects — de­scribed as a His­panic male 5-foot, 9-inches tall and a “smaller Asian male” wear­ing a black jacket and cargo pants — got to the house.

“Fig­ur­ing out how they came to pick this lo­ca­tion,” is part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, En­gel­hart said.

The two men were in­side WKH KRPH, RQ PuOWLSOH flRRUV, for sev­eral hours, but it’s still un­known for how long, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

7KH FKLHI FRQ­fiUPHG WKDW Canazaro’s body was dis­cov­ered in a dif­fer­ent part of the house than where the three peo­ple “were orig­i­nally ac­costed.” Wein­traub later said his body was dis­cov­ered in the garage of the home, while the woman and Canazaro’s son were tied up in the base­ment.

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Au­thor­i­ties did not see any ev­i­dence of a par­tic­u­lar strug­gle, ac­cord­ing to En­gel­hart.

He said the r.S. Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives as­sisted town­ship and Bucks County au­thor­i­ties in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, since po­lice sus­pected that weapons were taken from the home.

“It’s not un­usual for them to get in­volved in cases like this,” En­gel­hart said.

Po­lice from sev­eral area de­part­ments, Bucks County de­tec­tive, and fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors could be seen en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the house as night fell last Fri­day.

Canazaro may have been tar­geted, law en­force­ment RI­fiFLDOV VDLG HDUOLHU WKLV week.

The in­ci­dent was not random, ac­cord­ing to En­gel­hart.

The re­sults of an au­topsy con­ducted Satur­day were not re­leased. David Heck­ler, the Bucks County district at­tor­ney, de­cided to with­hold the in­for­ma­tion for “in­ves­tiga­tive rea­sons,” ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

CDQDzDUR’V fiQDQFLDO KLV­tory and own­er­ship stake in Finn McCool’s Tav­ern in Am­bler will likely be part of law en­force­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Wein­traub said.

7KH vLFWLP fiOHG IRU EDQNruptcy in 2008 with ap­prox­i­mately $10 mil­lion in debt.

“Both those is­sues are fair game,” said Wein­traub, who will be han­dling the home in­va­sion case. “We plan to ex­haust all av­enues of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

A 2007 Takeuchi TL130 truck loader val­ued at $33,000 was re­ported taken from BhL Con­crete in Bed­min­ster In­dus­trial Park on Ap­ple­tree Lane be­tween 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 5:40 a.m. Jan. 17, Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice at Dublin said. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the case is asked to call 215-249-9191, po­lice said. erty and theft by de­cep­tion DIWHU VWROHQ fiUHDUPV wHUH sold to Quinby’s Gun Shop on Route 313 in Hill­town be­tween 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice at Dublin said.

Gallo was ar­raigned be­fore Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Robert Gaffney, New Bri­tain, with bail set at 10 per­cent of $20,000, po­lice said.

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