Congressman, where's your car?
Kenneth and Christopher Babij have been charged in the theft of the Congressman's car.
March 29th, 2011
03:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Congressman, where's your car?

(CNN)- Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Bill Keating knows what it's like to be tough on criminals. Before becoming a freshman Congressman, he served as Norfolk District Attorney for over ten years.

But at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday, he experienced what it's like to awake to the sound of your car's engine starting and then stolen from your driveway. A first-hand experience with crime that was provided by a pair of brothers with a criminal past, according to local police.

"These guys are familiar to us," said Captain John Dougan of the Quincy Police Department of the brothers in an interview with CNN. Keating called police as soon as he heard his engine starting and the car was recovered in an astounding four minutes.

Following the congressman's call, an alert was issued to local police to be on the lookout for the Congressman's 2001 black Lexus SUV and moments later the stolen car was driven past a police officer who, with the help of other officers, boxed it in as it pulled into a McDonalds. The two men inside claimed it was a rental car, according to Dougan. Brothers Kenneth and Christopher Babij were charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle in addition to breaking and entering.

Rep. Keating, who serves on the Homeland Security Committee as the ranking member of the Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee, issued the following statement," For the past twelve years, I worked with the Quincy police and was very impressed with them as a District attorney...When I called the police to report that my car had been stolen, they apprehended the suspects within minutes."

Next time the Congressman will probably be more careful with where he leaves his keys. The thieves caught a lucky break when they discovered the keys to his Lexus while breaking into the other family car in his driveway, a 2011 Ford Escape.

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  1. Mary

    Good thing the victim doesn't live in SF. Doesn't really matter who you are – well, maybe if your a cop or something. You wouldn't have found that car until there was nothing left of it, that is, if you even found it at all – cause the cops down here don't look for anything that doens't have a hole in the middle of it. My car got stolen once and I found it before the cops did. As a matter of fact, when notified, the police weren't even going to check it out until I told them there was brain matter wedged into the broken glass. Then they attempted to lay the blame on me for the hit and run – actually took them a week to check the time it was reported stolen to the time of the hit and run. Bunch of good for nothing lazy donaught eaters down here.

    March 29, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. UK987

    Did the Congressman ever hear of the saying buy American. It serves him right.

    March 29, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Michael

    Thank goodness for stupid criminals. I only wish criminals like Bernie Madoff were pursued with the same zeal and efficiency as these two small-time crooks – the rich & powerful ones do a lot more harm!

    March 29, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |