A man in his early twenties accused of stealing more than $16000 worth of jewellery from a York Street store and threatening the owner with a knife has appeared in court for the first time. Amine Chikh Bekada appeared in Albany Magistrates Court earlier today via video link on one count of aggravated armed robbery, having been remanded in custody after his arrest on September 30. The 22-year-old required the assistance of a translator during the short hearing with the magistrate and defence counsel pausing after each sentence as their words were relayed to him in French. Legal aid duty lawyer Lucy Bourne said the defence was not in a position to advance an application for bail and sought an adjournment to allow time for the accused’s application for legal aid to be assessed. Police say the non-Australian resident entered Mark Blyth Fine Jewellery on York Street at 11.45am on Saturday morning wearing a mask. He is accused of threatening store owner Mark Blyth with a knife and taking off with five pieces of jewellery, including rings and earrings worth $16,069. Mr Blyth sustained a 2cm cut to his cheek in the altercation. The alleged thief was apprehended later that day at his home near the crime scene. Mr Chikh Bekada will remain in custody until his next appearance in Albany Magistrates Court via video link on October 26.