Search

Collier Row burglar used pillowcases to carry stolen items from homes

PUBLISHED: 10:57 14 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 14 April 2018

Police do not believe Donny Archer worked alone and are appealing for information about his accomplices. Picture: Essex Police

Police do not believe Donny Archer worked alone and are appealing for information about his accomplices. Picture: Essex Police

Archant

A prolific burglar who used victims’ pillowcases to carry prized possessions out of their homes has been jailed.

Donny Archer, 19, of Chelmsford Avenue, Collier Row, was jailed for four and a half years on Wednesday, April 11, for six counts of burglary, all to run concurrently. He was found guilty following a three-day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He was found not guilty of one count of dangerous driving and one count of handling stolen goods.

He had previously denied all the offences at the same court on Friday, January 12.

Between Monday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 17, Essex Police received reports of five burglaries in Essex villages, with three reported within the space of just two hours.

They were committed in Bicknacre, Burnham-on-Crouch, Latchingdon, Purleigh and Rettendon Common.

In each case, suspects travelling in a white van forced open windows and doors before items, including jewellery, were carried out in pillowcases taken from the victims’ beds.

At around 3.30pm on May 17, police identified the suspect vehicle in Upper Mayne, Basildon, and attempted to stop it without success.

The van was later abandoned and officers found Archer’s DNA on a green cap that he wore to the burglaries. They also found most of the items stolen inside.

Archer was also sentenced for a burglary in Castledon Road, Wickford, during which an expensive watch was taken on July 3 last year. He had previously admitted this offence at Basildon Crown Court on November 1.

After sentencing, investigating officer Det Sgt Dan Smith, of Chelmsford CID, said: “Archer targeted properties in quiet villages in broad daylight.

“We don’t believe Archer operated alone and we urge anyone with information to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Latest Romford News Stories

49 minutes ago

Burke told police officers that he wasn’t sure if it was himself, or another man driving at the time.

12:17

Emergency services were called to the crash at around 7.30 this morning.

12:00

A habitat creation scheme hopes to bring a new haven of wildlife to the Rainham Marshes with the creation of more than 5km2 of continuous habitats.

10:00

If you’re a fan of all things paranormal then this chilling ghost story could be one for you.

Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can build brand awareness.

Excrement on the walls, homeless men living in the boiler cupboards and a broken security system which means anyone can enter the block as and when they please – welcome to life at Romford’s Charrington Court.

Yesterday, 17:25

Police and ambulance services were in the town centre this afternoon.

Yesterday, 17:03

One car crashed through the wall after being chased by police, and the other was a stolen vehicle.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now