No bail was sought for a 23-year-old Leeston man who was allegedly caught on camera using a large screwdriver to rob an Islington service station.
Nathan Paul French, a labourer, was remanded in custody to appear by video-link from the prison on May 18.
Duty lawyer Tony Garrett told the Christchurch District Court it was expected that pleas would be entered on that day.
Police released security camera pictures showing a man entering the Z service station on Main South Road, Islington, about 10.50pm on Wednesday.
They allege the man threatened the shop assistant with a screwdriver and demanded cash and cigarettes. The assistant fled to a safe room and the police said the robber left with five packets of tobacco and cash.
French entered no pleas to charges of unlawfully taking a car at Leeston, stealing fuel from a service station, and robbing a man of $90 cash.