Hilltown Township Cold Case Breakthrough: Man Charged in Decade-Old Home Invasion and Murder

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – A decade after a gruesome home invasion in Hilltown Township, a Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Joseph Canazaro, along with a string of other felony charges including kidnapping and rape.

Thomas Delgado, 50, stands accused of breaking into the home, tying up three people, stealing jewelry, guns, and money, before killing Canazaro and raping his girlfriend in 2013. Despite baffling investigators for years, DNA evidence tested years after the crime led to Delgado’s arrest. He was arraigned on Wednesday and taken to Bucks County Correctional Center without bail. As of Thursday, he had no legal representation listed on the docket.

A probable cause affidavit revealed that Canazaro may have been targeted and linked to Delgado through phone records two years prior to the fatal home invasion. The brutal crime left the community in shock for over a decade, with authorities relentlessly working the case.

The breakthrough in the investigation came in 2019 when detectives took another look at the stolen pickup truck and found items matching the description provided by the girlfriend as worn by the suspects during the home invasion. DNA analysis by the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA, later indicated a possible match with Thomas Delgado.

Police also discovered that Canazaro had incurred millions in debt in the years before his murder, including debt owed to various casinos. He filed for bankruptcy on $10 million in debt and settled two federal lawsuits involving passing bad checks.

Despite the progress made with Delgado’s arrest, the second suspect involved in the home invasion remains at large. The community hopes that justice will ultimately be served for Joseph Canazaro and his loved ones.