A 40-year-old man has admitted robbing a Scarborough jewellers shop of £14,000 worth of Rolex watches.
Leon Gareth Littlechild, of no fixed abode, claims he had been under pressure from others to carry out the robbery on February 23.
He pleaded guilty before York Crown Court on Monday to robbing Richard Oakenfoul, a sales assistant at Bond Jewellers in Huntriss Row, of three expensive time pieces.
However, Littlechild, who also appeared for sentence on a previously admitted charge of handling a stolen motor vehicle, was said by Christopher Dunn, mitigating, to have been acting under pressure.
Adding that it was accepted that this force fell short of duress, Mr Dunn said that CCTV footage of the robbery - believed to show Littlechild in conversation with other people - still had to be examined.
The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report, and the further investigations into the CCTV images, from both in the shop and out on the streets of Scarborough, to be viewed.
Littechild, who has been held on remand since the robbery, was re-admitted to custody to await sentencing on Friday, June 28.