Some local news - last night between 1am and 5am the Zakher mall on Dohat al Adab street in Al Khuwair was robbed in quite spectacular fashion. The security guards for the mall clock off and go home at 1am apparently, and so the thieves waited until the guards knocked off and then they made their move.
First they smashed the window next to the PAN Furniture entrance and then broke into the main mall via the glass doors from within the PAN store. Once inside the mall proper, the thieves then started smashing the windows to stores and helped themselves to cash and goods reported to be worth over 10,000 rials.
So if you see a killer deal for a camera, or some sunglasses on Muscat buy or sell, perhaps it came from this robbery. In an interesting twist, there was absolutely no CCTV provided by Zakher mall, but a new CCTV system was being installed and was due to be completed today. Amusing that the place got knocked over last night.
Someone in the PAN store mentioned to me that they had their own spy camera, but it was not actually working, and was so therefore useless. It turns out that a jewelry store in the mall did have it's own CCTV system and there are rumours that one of the nefarious scallywags has been caught on film. Muscat's finest are on the case and I guess this story will be in the papers tomorrow.
I popped in to check on one of Mrs Sythes preferred clothing stores, Unique Star Fashion, but thankfully they got through the night unscathed. I did notice some very nice dresses there though!