Bedford police arrested two brothers from New Jersey early Saturday morning for violating the terms of their parole and charged their sister with hindering their prosecution.
Gregory Canova, 21, and his 18-year-old brother, whose name police have not released, were arrested on Sept. 22 after Bedford police received information from authorities in New Jersey that felony fugitives from Mahwah were currently in the town of Bedford. Their sister, Stephanie Canova, 24, was also arrested after she attempted to help them flee the police.
Gregory Canova was charged last year with weapons possession and assault after an alleged dispute over money resulted in a knife fight among five men including him and his brother, according to the Mahwah Police Department. The circumstances around the 18-year-old's 2011 arrest were not released, however, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said both crimes were "serious and involved violence."
Through their investigation, Bedford police determined the Canova men were staying with a family member at a cottage on an estate on Stone Hill Road in Bedford. Because of the violent nature of their previous charges, Bedford police obtained a search warrant for the cottage, according to Lieutenant Jeffrey Dickan.
With the assistance from Westchester County police officers, Bedford police forcibly entered the Stone Hill Road residence but did not locate the Canovas. The tenant of the cottage—also a member of the family—was uncooperative but police determined the brothers had fled the area.
Their investigation on the scene revealed that the family members were headed toward Pound Ridge. They also determined they were in a 2009 Lexus and obtained a license plate number.
Police located the suspects' car and conducted a traffic stop on Route 172, near the intersection of Route 137 in Pound Ridge. They identified the driver of the car as Stephanie Canova, 24, a Mahwah resident and sister of the two wanted men. Gregory Canova was a passenger in the car and the 18-year-old youth was located in the trunk of the car.
Stephanie Canova was charged with third degree hindering prosescution and and was released on $500 bail.
The youth was charged as a fugitive from justice, unlawful possession of marijuana and fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly carrying pills. Gregory Canova was charged as a fugitive from justice. The brothers are in jail pending their next court appearance.
Mahwah Patch Editor Jessica Mazzola contributed to this report.