Police swoop on online Casanova

An alleged online Casanova accused of preying on women he met on internet dating sites was mistakenly released on bail last week.

Shane Bruce Grogan, also known as Shane Calder, is accused of going to stay with the women he befriended online, before stealing from them and taking off.

He's accused of stealing a $3000 car from one Rotorua woman on October 25 last year, as well as her her cellphone, and eftpos card.

The 46-year-old Christchurch labourer has also been charged with with stealing a playstation, cellphone, tobacco and $120 from an Ashhurst woman on November 6 last year.

And on January 6 this year, at Waimate, he allegedly stole 14 rings and a laptop valued at $10,000 from a third victim.

On Friday, police issued a plea for help in tracking Grogan down.

Police swooped on Grogan at South City Mall in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon after a tip-off from a member of the public.

He was arrested without incident and appeared from custody at Christchurch District Court this morning, grinning, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Defence counsel Carol Morgan said Grogan's assigned counsel was ill and not in a position to make a bail application.

She told Judge David Saunders that he had been released on bail mistakenly before he was picked up by police again at the weekend.

Judge Saunders remanded him in custody without plea until next Monday when his lawyer can make a bail application on his behalf.