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Quincy brothers nabbed for stealing US Rep. Keating's car

Posted by Metro Desk  March 29, 2011 10:55 AM

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Brothers Kenneth Babij (left) and Christopher Babij (right) are accused of stealing US Representative William R. Keating's car in Quincy.

Two Quincy brothers will be arraigned this morning after being arrested for allegedly stealing US Representative William R. Keating's aging Lexus from his Quincy home, police said.

Keating, a Democrat and former Norfolk district attorney who lived in Sharon until he sought the US House seat, heard a disturbance outside his home and then heard a car driving away around 2:50 a.m.

Quincy Police Captain John Dougan said Keating called 911 and provided police with information about his black 2001 Lexus. Moments later, police broadcast a “BOLO” – be on the lookout – advising officers to keep an eye out for Keating’s car.

Dougan said officers on Hancock Street spotted the car and began following it. Another marked cruiser joined in, but the officers did not activate their blue lights or initiate a pursuit.

Instead, with the cruisers still trailing behind, the man driving Keating’s car pulled into the McDonald’s restaurant on Hancock Street where cruisers boxed the vehicle in, Dougan said.

Ordered out of the vehicle, the driver, who was identified by Dougan as Christopher J. Babij, demanded to know why he was being arrested. Babij was asked who owned the car, and he allegedly replied, “It’s a rental.’’

The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Kenneth Babij, Christopher Babij’s younger brother.

Both brothers are in custody and will be taken to Quincy District Court where both face charges of operating a stolen motor vehicle.

Dougan said Christopher Babij has two outstanding warrants and is also charged with operating after suspension.

“We know these kids,’’ Dougan said of the Babij brothers, whose last known address is on Copeland Street in Quincy. “They are well known to Quincy police.’’

Dougan said Keating took his car home early today.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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