Shane William Grogan
An online Casanova accused of preying on women he meets
on internet dating sites is wanted by police.
Shane William Grogan, also known as Shane Calder, is alleged
to have befriended at least three women through internet
sites, then stolen from them.
The 46-year-old from Christchurch travelled to Rotorua last
October to stay with a woman in her 50s who he had met
online, police claim.
They say he left abruptly, taking a bankcard he used to
withdraw money, and a car which was later recovered.
Police allege that the following month Grogan travelled to
the Palmerston North area to meet another online contact, a
woman in her 30s.
He stayed at her home for a week, and proposed to her before
leaving abruptly with cash and other belongings, police say.
The latest allegations concern an incident police say
occurred around New Year when Grogan travelled to Waimate to
meet another woman in her 50s.
He stayed with her for six days but left after stealing
valuable heirloom jewellery and a computer, police allege.
Officers claim Grogan returned to Christchurch and pawned
some of the stolen items. Some of the stolen jewellery has
now been recovered.
Acting Sergeant Chris Macpherson says the alleged offending
was deceptive and predatory and it's possible other women may
have similar incidents to report.
Grogan is wanted on warrants in relation to charges of theft
from a dwelling, using a document for pecuniary advantage and
unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
He is described as European, 1.9 metres tall and of thin
Mr Macpherson says the allegations should serve as a warning
on the dangers of befriending strangers through internet
"We always urge people to be cautious about people they meet
online and not rush into relationships before they are
certain of their character and intentions."
Anyone with information on Grogan's whereabouts is asked to
contact Christchurch police on 03 363 7400 or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
- By Kurt Bayer of APNZ