William Grogan aka Shane Calder. Photo supplied.
A Waimate woman is thought to be one of three women
allegedly seduced and then swindled out of money and
possessions by an online dating fraudster.
Christchurch police have released a photograph of 46-year-old
Shane William Grogan, also know as Shane Calder, whom they
are seeking in relation to a string of dishonesty offences.
Grogan, described as a European, 188cm tall and of thin
build, 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.
On at least three occasions he is alleged to have befriended
women through internet dating sites, then travelled to meet
The most recent incident occurred near New Year when Grogan
travelled to Waimate to meet a woman, aged in her 50s, he met
through a dating website.
He stayed with her for six days but left after allegedly
stealing valuable heirloom jewellery and a computer.
Police declined to reveal further details yesterday. Similar
offences are alleged to have taken place with women in
Palmerston North and Rotorua.
Acting Sergeant Chris Macpherson says the alleged offending
was particularly deceptive and predatory.
''The offender has taken advantage of his victims after
posing as a friend and gaining their trust along with access
to their homes and belongings.
''While we are aware of these three cases, it is possible
there are other victims of Grogan, or Calder, as they may
have known him.
''We urge any other victims to come forward and contact
Acting Sgt Macpherson said the case also served as a warning
on the dangers of befriending strangers through internet
''Not everyone on internet dating sites is a criminal - but
there certainly are some people who use these services to
deceive and prey on victims.
''We always urge people to be cautious about people they meet
Grogan is thought to live in Christchurch, and anyone with
information is asked to contact Christchurch police on (03)
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers
on 0800 555-111.