Thieves broke into a Quemahoning Township auction house during the weekend and made off with $1,250 in items, authorities said Sunday.

The burglars broke into the Blue Bell Auction, 563 Old Lincoln Highway in Stoystown, sometime late Friday or early Saturday, carrying off tools, flashlights, loose change and other items, state police at Somerset said.

The stolen goods belonged to the owner and were not property of business customers or clients, auction house owner Clyde Ware said.

“They were personal items,” he said.

The weekend burglary was not the first time the business was the target of thieves, but Ware said he was hopeful the bandits would be caught.

“The stuff is going to surface,” Ware said.

The burglars entered the business by forcing doors at the rear of the building.

The doors sustained only minor damage, Ware said.

In an unrelated incident, state police are looking for vandals who defaced construction equipment in Quemahoning Township, also sometime during the weekend.

The vandals spray-painted graffiti on a piece of construction equipment that belongs to PennDOT along Green Bridge Road, troopers said.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact state police at the Somerset barracks: 445-4104.

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