Nesbit and Jarvis were arrested two days later after going back to Myer and being recognised by a security guard. Photo: Glenn Hunt
ARMED with a toy gun he bought from a $2 shop and painted black, Robert Nesbit walked into the Myer city store and headed for the cosmetics department, a court has heard.
It was a Saturday afternoon and the store was crowded as Nesbit, 37, made his way to the Elizabeth Arden counter.
Wearing a red jacket, blue hat and blue shorts, he approached a Myer employee counting the day's takings and pointed the imitation handgun at her ribs about 3.30pm on August 25 last year.
''Money, money,'' he said to the terrified woman before taking $293 from the register.
He told the woman to shut up before putting the imitation gun in his jacket pocket and jogging out of the store. His accomplice, Guy Jarvis, 28, wearing sunglasses and a black jacket with stripes and the hood up, followed close behind.
The employee screamed as the two men left.
Nesbit and Jarvis, who had been using the drug ice, were arrested two days later after going back to Myer and being recognised by a security guard.
Nesbit told police he knew the imitation gun would have scared his victims but he didn't want to hurt anyone.
He pleaded guilty on Thursday in the County Court to six charges of armed robbery and one charge of going armed with criminal intent.
Jarvis pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery, one count of robbery, and one count of possessing a controlled weapon without lawful excuse.
They face a maximum penalty of 25 years' jail.
The two men also robbed four 7-Eleven stores and a Subway outlet over a three-day period in August. They stole a total of $1643.
Prosecutor Robyn Harper said the Myer robbery had had a significant psychological impact on the employee.
She said Nesbit, the ''brains'' behind the robberies, should be jailed for up to seven years and Jarvis for up to 3½ years.
Defence lawyer Tim Marsh, for Nesbit, said the cosmetics counter at Myer was hardly the environment where one would expect to be held up at gunpoint but his client had needed money to buy drugs.
''Mr Nesbit fell into drugs as a young homeless person and his life has been utterly devastated as a result,'' Mr Marsh said.
Judge Roy Punshon described the hold-up as an unusual armed robbery possibly reflected by the state both men were in at the time.
''This is a case where prison for both of these men is absolutely inevitable, the question is how long,'' he said.
The two men will be sentenced on Monday.