Police say Scarborough man made bombs in his home

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SCARBOROUGH — A 20-year-old Coach Lantern Lane resident faces criminal charges after police allegedly found bomb-making materials and instruction books at his home. 

Philip Lekousi was issued a summons on a charge of criminal use of explosives by the Office of The Maine Fire Marshal on April 13. 

That morning, Lekousi showed up to work at NAPA Auto Parts on Payne Road, according to Scarborough Police Sgt. Rick Rouse. A coworker called the police to report a post about making bombs on Lekousi’s Facebook page. 

Lekouski’s Facebook profile includes an April 5 post that says “step one, make explosives,” followed by comments from Lekousi’s friends mentioning C4 and “ied manuals.”

Lekousi wrote: “I picked up some things earlier … this weekend should be fun.”

“Coworkers were already concerned for his well-being because he’d been acting differently,” Rouse said. 

Officers from Scarborough, the fire marshal’s office and the U.S. Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Lekousi’s apartment and found galvanized steel pipes with threaded end caps, a mix of nails, screws, nuts and bolts suspected to be used for shrapnel, and other materials, Rouse said.

Sgt. Joel Davis of the fire marshal’s office wouldn’t say what else had been found at the apartment, but said there was no reason to believe Lekousi, who cooperated with law enforcement, planned to hurt anyone or destroy any property. 

“It just seemed like a hobby, a poorly chosen hobby,” Davis said. 

Lekousi’s first court appearance is scheduled for May 30 at Maine Superior Court in Portland.

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or mmoretto@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.