Brick thrown through South Side business to be auctioned to pay for repairs

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PITTSBURGH - A South Side business is running an unusual fundraiser to help pay for the repair costs after someone threw a brick through the store’s front window overnight.

Dan Rugh, co-owner of Commonwealth Press, said he got to work Tuesday morning and found a brick and a broken plate-glass window.

“The rock came through and knocked all of this over. We had all that merchandise sitting here, so it hit it and there was glass everywhere,” Rugh said.

According to Rugh, the cost to replace the glass is between $400 and $600. He decided to auction the brick in hopes of raising the money to make the repairs.

"We have an event coming up that we haven't started selling tickets for yet, so I said, 'We'll auction it off for one of those tickets,'" Rugh said. "But I didn't think it would catch on fire like it did."

Bidding on Facebook has increased throughout the day. By noon, the brick was at more than $100. Less than two hours later, the bid was at more than $400.

“It’s amazing. This city is super cool. Tons of people offered support. Even different businesses offered into our auction. It’s just amazing,” Rugh said.