Quincy: Brothers charged in theft of congressman’s car

Two brothers have been arrested after allegedly stealing the car of U.S. Rep. William Keating, a former prosecutor, from his driveway.

Quincy police said Keating called 911 a little before 3 a.m. Tuesday when he heard the sound of a car starting up and driving away. About two minutes later, police spotted Keating’s 2001 black Lexus and began following it. Police said the driver pulled into a McDonald’s restaurant, where two police cruisers boxed in the car.

Police identified the driver as 25-year-old Christopher Babij and his passenger as 20-year-old Kenneth Babij, Christopher’s brother.

Both brothers face several charges, including operating a stolen motor vehicle, and are scheduled to be arraigned in Quincy District Court Tuesday.

Keating, a Democrat and former Norfolk district attorney, was elected to Congress in November.

Keating releases a statement Tuesday morning

For the past twelve years, I worked with the Quincy police and was very impressed with them as a District Attorney.  Today, I am very impressed with them as a resident relying on their services.  When I called the police to report that my car had been stolen, they apprehended the suspects within minutes.  Their quick work should be commended and I am certain that District Attorney Morrissey will handle the case with the same level of efficiency and success.

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