The idiotic duo of Rose Devlin, 59, and Denise Egan, 52, pilfered £400 of alcohol from Asda in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, and were preparing to drive off with their loot.

The haul was so big Devlin  struggled to shut the boot. She then jumped behind the wheel only to realise there was no petrol in the tank of their blue Citreon. Egan then helped push the vehicle to the supermarket’s petrol station.

Their hapless antics were captured on CCTV in June and the duo were caught in the act by police four months later when they targeted another Asda store by one distracting a security guard while the other wheeled the trolley out of the store.

Devlin, of Moston, and Egan, of Harpurhey, each pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates’ Court to two counts of theft.

Egan was given a two-year conditional discharge and told to pay £280 compensation and £85 costs. Devlin will be sentenced next month.