Police identify suspect who left disturbing notes in mailboxes

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June 11, 2014, 6:02 am
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(NECN: Amy Sinclair) - Police in Kennebunk, Maine, say they've identified the man who left creepy notes signed "PERVERT" in local mailboxes last week.

They charged 39-year-old Robert Simkowitz of Old Orchard Beach with two counts of criminal threatening.

Last Tuesday, Diane and Eric Falconer of Kennebunk found a handwritten note in their mailbox on Ross Road that read "I WILL NOT STAY AWAY FROM YOUR KIDS! YOUR FRIEND PERVERT."

"That sent chills up our spines," Dianne Falconer recalled, adding her neighbor down the road got one, too.

What the author didn't know was that the Falconers are in the security business. They had a surveillance video camera mounted on the tree that caught the self-described pervert making his unwelcome delivery at exactly 8:16 last Tuesday night, and then turned the video over to police.

"I think everyone is spooked by it. It may be a hoax, but you can't take chances with kids. No way," Falconer said.

The Kennebunk Police Department received more than a dozen tips based on the surveillance video.

"We received more than one call on this one particular person. They provided a name and we met with the gentleman," said Lt. Dan Jones.

Simkowitz is now scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court Sept. 3 on two counts of criminal threatening.

"I'm glad they found the person and that people knew who he was," Eric Falconer said about the news.

But the Falconers still wonder why Simkowitz targeted them.

He did not answer the door at his Old Orchard Beach address, but neighbors who did not want to be identified provided some insight. They told NECN that Simkowitze had mental challenges. They say they do not believe he's dangerous and that he might have thought the notes were funny.

The Falconers say they're glad the incident is behind them, and glad they had that surveillance video.

"It makes you feel good, like you did something good for the community," Eric Falconer said.

They say they hope Simkowitz gets the help he needs.

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Tags: maine, letters, mailboxes , Amy Sinclair, suspect, York County, Kennebunk
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