A PAIR of dim-witted crooks who stole money from two teenagers during an armed robbery were soon caught...because their contact details were on the getaway vehicle.

Bernard Larkin, 24, and Miley Doran, 26, targeted their victims in an East Renfrewshire street on September 8 last year.

They had pulled over in a Range Rover and started talking to the pair, who are aged 19 and 15 and of Asian descent.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that, in what was deemed to be a "subtly racist" comment, Larkin and Doran asked the teenagers: "Does your dad own a corner shop?"

As the victims tried to walk away, one of the thugs ordered them to hand over money.

Prosecutor Leanne McQuillan told the court: "A third male exited the vehicle and brandished a rusty machete.

"One of the boys took a £20 from his rucksack and threw it onto the ground near the male, who picked it up and returned to the vehicle.

"Before they drove away, one of those in the vehicle was heard to say 'This is what we do for a job, taking money off Asians'."

Police were soon alerted and used CCTV footage from the scene to trace the Range Rover and establish that Larkin was the owner.

Both he and Doran were identified as being involved in the incident, which took place in Burnfield Road, Giffnock.

They admitted charges of assault and robbery when they appeared in court today.

Doran's lawyer, Tony Lenehan, said: "He seeks neither to mitigate or justify the decision to rob two people.

"It was a works vehicle with ladders and contact details on the side, so identification was rather inevitable."

Larkin was jailed for two years and nine months, with Doran locked up for three years.

Passing sentence, judge Lady Stacey told them: "What you did cannot be tolerated.

"Two young men were going about their business. You decided to stop your vehicle and, acting with someone else, robbed them."