A French-speaking foreign national has pleaded guilty to an armed robbery in which he stole more than $16,000 worth of jewellery from a York Street store armed with two cheese knives. Amine Chikh Bekada appeared in Albany Magistrates Court via video link from Albany Regional Prison on Friday on one charge of aggravated armed robbery. The non-Australian resident required a French translator for the court proceedings. Police prosecutor Sgt Warrick Walker told the court the 22-year-old entered Mark Blyth Fine Jewellery at 11.45am on August 30 wearing a mask and armed with two cheese knives. Bekada threatened store owner Mark Blyth and made off with five pieces of jewellery worth $16,069, including rings and earrings. Mr Blyth sustained a 2cm cut to his cheek in the altercation. Bekada was arrested later that day at his short-term accommodation in Albany. His defence lawyer Anna Trewarn did not apply for bail. The charge has been referred to Albany District Court for sentencing and Bekada will next appear on February 7.