A Border man who went on a crime spree, including threatening multiple people with a crowbar and making threats to kill, will be sentenced later this month.
Charles, who has extensive priors in Albury-Wodonga, has pleaded guilty in the Melbourne County Court to armed robberies, burglaries and thefts between October 27 and November 11.
He first attended the Amcal pharmacy in White Hills about 4.05am on October 27, and smashed a large glass panel.
He ripped out a till with $1369 in cash and fled, but security cameras captured him wearing distinctive clothing.
Charles was in the nearby town of Castlemaine on November 5 when he attended a car wash and threatened a taxi driver with a crowbar about 1.10am.
"Don't f---ing move, I want your money," he shouted, before taking her purse and asking for more cash.
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He took cigarettes and the victim grabbed her mobile phone.
"Don't ring the f---ing coppers, I know who you are and I know where you are and I'll come back and I'll f---ing kill you," he said.
He left with the phone, cash and purse, with the incident caught on CCTV.
Charles headed to Epsom, still wearing the same clothes, and forced his way into a lotto and gift shop but left empty handed.
He targeted a laundromat at White Hills three days later and told a woman to get on the ground before taking out an angle grinder and turning it on.
The owner confronted him and threw a cup of coffee at him, causing Charles to raise the crowbar before fleeing.
He next targeted a worker at the Epsom Caltex at 5.20am on November 11.
He pulled out a crowbar and ran towards her, causing her to scream, fall over and crouch into a ball.
Charles picked her up by the back of her neck and threatened to kill her.
He demanded the worker open the cash register and safe.
He warned if she pushed any alarms, he would hit her over the head and kill her.
Despite the violence and threats, the 22-year-old only managed to get $240 and 12 packets of cigarettes.
Police arrested Charles' associate a week later and the man gave a statement, noting that Charles had been staying at his flat.
Officers found clothes that had been captured by multiple security cameras, and were told Charles had had cigarettes he was trying to sell.
The 22-year-old was arrested by Wodonga officers on November 19 and found in possession of personal cards belonging to the taxi driver and other clothing seen on the CCTV footage.
He has pleaded guilty to multiple charges and will be sentenced on October 19.
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