Armaguard robbery Harry James admits to hiding ammunition for alleged gunman

It was reminiscent of a film, but happened on a suburban Sydney street.

A man wearing a balaclava, bullet-proof vest and wielding an assault rifle jumped out of a silver Volkswagon Golf and held up two armed guards in a cash-in-transport van.

Pointing the gun at their heads he forced them down to the ground and stole bags of cash - more than $100,000 - before fleeing the scene in the getaway vehicle.

When police arrested the alleged getaway driver seven months later, his alleged accomplice could feel the net closing around him.

Daily Mail Australia can reveal that on the same day NSW Police took the first alleged robber into custody, his alleged accomplice called a friend and asked him to get rid of some evidence.

Harry James, 64, agreed to help and took two bags - one containing ammunition and the other with a pair of black face masks and black armoured vests - and left them at his friend's place.

James has now pleaded guilty to his role in the crime, with the frantic phone calls of one of the alleged robbers on the day police arrested his accomplice now revealed.

Harry James (pictured) agreed to help an alleged robber get rid of two bags full of ammunition and armoured vests after they stole more than $100k in cash from an Armaguard van in 2018

Harry James (pictured) agreed to help an alleged robber get rid of two bags full of ammunition and armoured vests after they stole more than $100k in cash from an Armaguard van in 2018

On Wednesday, November 14 2018, a 35-year-old man handed himself into the police station at Coonabarabran, in north western NSW.

That same day, more than 700 kilometres away in Surfer's Paradise, Queensland, his alleged accomplice heard the news and rushed to a pay phone to call Harry James.

Police were listening into the conversation which centred around the two bags, a green one with the ammunition and a Taser, and the other blue and red with the vest and masks, wrapped in black tape. 

Court documents state their phone call included this exchange: 

Harry James: '(I) just don't know where to look'.

Alleged robber: 'R*** I told R***' (Name has been redacted to protect identity).

Harry James: 'Yeah, where is it again?'

Alleged robber: 'Um, (the) bedroom. Um, let me call you back. Let me call you back'.

Court documents state that later in the day the alleged robber made further calls out of the public payphone.

During one he allegedly instructed his younger brother to drop the bags at a home in Windsor, north-west of Sydney, 'straight away'.

That night James called his friend Ian Salmon and asked him for help.

'(The alleged robber) is in a bit of strife and he had some stuff he wanted to stash for a while,' James said.

Mr Salmon agreed to help and so James drove to his home in Freemans Reach where the two bags would be stored for a few days.

James handed him the two bags, told Mr Salmon 'this is it' and then admitted that he believed the alleged robber 'was going to be in trouble'.

James told him he would return in a few days to collect the bags and planned to throw the bag with the balaclavas and armoured vests 'in the river'.

James (left, with his wife Rosemary) pleaded guilty to one count of transporting evidence, with court documents revealing he told a friend he planned to eventually collect the two bags and dump one 'in a river'

James (left, with his wife Rosemary) pleaded guilty to one count of transporting evidence, with court documents revealing he told a friend he planned to eventually collect the two bags and dump one 'in a river'

NSW Police said more than $100,000 was stolen during the alleged robbery and during raids across Sydney's west in November 2018 uncovered wads of cash (pictured)

NSW Police said more than $100,000 was stolen during the alleged robbery and during raids across

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