Skip to comments.Keating says keys were left inside car allegedly stolen by Quincy brothers
Posted on 03/29/2011 12:09:02 PM PDT by raccoonradio
QUINCY (MA)-- Two brothers from Quincy today pleaded not guilty to charges they stole US Representative William R. Keating's aging Lexus from his Quincy home early this morning. Christoper J. Babij, 25, and his 20-year-old brother, Kenneth Babij, were arrested by Quincy police while still inside Keatings Lexus about 10 minutes after he reported it stolen around 2:45 a.m. today.
The brothers appeared in Quincy District Court where Kenneth Babij was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a substance abuse evaluation after a court clinician reported that he is using three grams of heroin daily using hypodermic needles. He also faces drug charges in Wareham District Court.
His older brother, Christopher, was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail.
Keating is a Democrat who moved to Quincy from Sharon when he sought the 10th Congressional District seat. Sharon is not in the district.
In a telephone interview from Washington this afternoon, Keating said he was awakened by the sound of a cars ignition at about 3 a.m. He said he initially believed the noise came from a neighbors home.
But, fueled by curiosity, he said he decided to look outside.
I just popped the blinds and there was an empty space where the car was before, Keating said. He said the car was a 2001 Lexus RX300 used by his wife. I grabbed the phone and called 911.
Keating said the alleged thieves did not break a window to get into the vehicle.
There was no damage because they didnt have to smash and grab the door was open, he said.
Once they were inside the vehicle, Keating said, the thieves did not have to hotwire the car, either.
The keys were accessible, unfortunately, he said. Thats another lesson learned.
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Didn’t 0bama make some kind of statement about leaving the driving to the Democrats—as in “you put the car in ‘D’ for drive, not ‘R’ for reverse”? You also apparently leave the keys in the car.
Howie Carr list ping.
They’re just two of his constituents helping themselves to their entitlement. What’s wrong with that? /sarc
The Globe did point out Keating’s party but if you live in MA you know that all 10 US Representatives are Dems, so there’s no need to play the “Name That Party” game.
Mr. Keating is a meathead.
He’s making laws and he can’t even lock his car?...in Quincy?
Keys were in it! No need for the perps to hotwire it!
Which reminds me of the time John Sasso grabbed the keys off the counter in a Marthas Vineyard rental office and took off in a car (a BMW?) parked at the curb after being told that no rentals were available. Seems the car he grabbed was not owned by the agency, but a private individual. It was found abandoned in Boston a couple of days later. The owner chose not to press charges, knowing what was good for him.
Quincy - is that a pit?
With the car gone, is he still a Quincy resident?
>>The keys were accessible, unfortunately, he said. Thats another lesson learned.<<
In many parts of the country, that is normal, and why they are nice places to live.
It is like that around our farm in KY. It’s one reason we moved there.
Is it not against the law in the People’s Republic and Nanny State of Massachussetts to leave the keys inside a vehicle like that? What if the criminal brothers had crashed the car into someone and killed them? Would Keating be criminally or civilly liable since he provided the access to the vehicle?
No matter how normal it might be (or might have been 30 and 40 years ago), it is foolish to leave valuable property unsecured. If you leave a car unlocked with the keys in it out on the street or a driveway, then you are willingly risking the loss of the vehicle.
Worse yet he doesn't even know the difference between locking his car and what he actually said.... There was no damage because they didnt have to smash and grab the door was open, he said.
When you don't have to think, just feeeeel, to satisfy your constituents, this is what you can get.
I knew he was a Dem. when they described his Lexus as “aging”.
Quincy is now the other side of no tomorrow - as Steely Dan used to sing. Once upon a time, there were some nice parts of town. The late actress ,Lee Remick, was from Quincy. Her dad ran a terrific department store there.
Believe me, you wouldn’t want to live in Quincy - unless you had to like this meathead so you could run for office, and raise everyone’s taxes.
What a guy.
I would describe Quincy and the surrounding area as quite nice. There are some sketchy areas to the west (Brocton, Stoughton,...) but Quincy - named after the President and home of John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams, is still a pleasant place. Not at all a pit.
>>No matter how normal it might be (or might have been 30 and 40 years ago), it is foolish to leave valuable property unsecured. If you leave a car unlocked with the keys in it out on the street or a driveway, then you are willingly risking the loss of the vehicle.<<
I understand your concern. I live in a megalopolis as well.
However, there is a different paradigm in many parts of the country. And even living in the city all my adult life (since 1975), I don’t lock my door.
There really ARE places where most people leave their keys in the car even parked on public streets and it works just fine. Seriously.
I hope they are out in time to vote for Keating
“Babij”?? Is that an Amish name, perhaps?
Maybe, just maybe, there is more to the story. How many times have you looked out a window when you hear a car start at 3am?
He might have left the door open, and the lights on, at least the interior lights, for all we know. He might have just gotten home from a “constituents” meeting.
Good one Raccoon!
We owners of geriatric Volvos fart in the general direction of merely “aging” Lexi.
gonna go up to Mayport Navel station to see if they maybe left the keys in an aircraft carrier or maybe left a nuke sub running.
2001 Lexus RX300
What moron would leave keys in a car? Answer: The morons who get elected by the morons now populating the USA!
It would depend on the location and situation.
We always leave the keys in our car, I don’t think they have ever been out of it. And if you were to offer me $1000 I couldn’t come up with my house keys. It might be 70 miles to a grocery store but I think it is a fair trade.
Update: apparently the car belonged to (or was being used by) his daughter and she had left the keys in the car (acc to Ch 4 Boston...)