Alleged thief met victims online
'Predatory and deceptive' offendingTIMARU HERALD STAFF REPORTER
A Waimate woman was the third victim of a Christchurch man who befriended women through online dating sites and then allegedly made off with their cash and belongings, police say.
Christchurch police today said Shane William Grogan, also known as Shane Calder, 46, was wanted on arrest warrants in relation to charges of theft from a dwelling, using a document, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
He was described as a European, 188cm (6ft 2in) tall and of thin build.
About New Year Grogan travelled to Waimate to meet the woman aged in her 50s. He stayed with her for six days but left after allegedly stealing valuable heirloom jewellery and a computer.
In October last year, Grogan travelled to Rotorua and stayed with another woman, aged in her 50s. He left abruptly, allegedly taking the woman's bankcard which was used to withdraw money and a car which was later recovered.
The following month he went to the Palmerston North area to meet another online contact aged in her 30s. He stayed at the victim's home for a week and proposed to her before again leaving abruptly, allegedly taking cash and belongings.
Police established that Grogan had returned to Christchurch and pawned some of the stolen items. Some of the stolen jewellery has now been recovered.
Acting Sergeant Chris Macpherson said 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."
He urged anyone else who thought they might be a victim to come forward.
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