Leawood businessman accused of using computer repair shop to steal customers’ identities

LEAWOOD, Kan. -- The owner of a Leawood computer repair business has been accused of using his now closed business to defraud people out of thousands of dollars, according to court records.

The Johnson County District Attorney's office has charged Shane Blanchett with more than 20 felony counts of identity theft, computer crime, and theft.

FOX 4 Problem Solvers first learned about Blanchett last year from multiple customers who had taken their computers to be repaired at his business, MetroMacs, but had trouble getting their items back.

"We've called, we've left numerous emails," said Jalonna Bowie, who had left her daughter's iPad there weeks earlier to be repaired. Every time she visited the shop to try and get it back, the door was locked and the shop appeared closed even though it was the middle of the day.

Blanchett told Problem Solvers he had to temporarily close his doors at his shop in Leawood's Town Center Plaza because of problems with an occupancy permit. But that excuse turned out to be a lie, according to the fire marshal's office which handles those permits.

Now, the Johnson County DA has accused Blanchett of using his computer repair business to steal customers' identities. One victim told Problem Solvers that his credit card was used to buy thousands of dollars in items from a business in Northern California.

This isn't the first time Blanchett has been accused of committing a crime. In 2002, he served time in federal prison for defrauding people on eBay. He's also been convicted of theft and drug possession. In 2011, was convicted of destroying property.

Blanchett is now out on bond awaiting trial on the latest charges. One of his victims told us she believes he's operating a new computer repair business under a different name. FOX 4 was unable to confirm that allegation.