Denver towing company owner charged in theft cases

Ostell Miles faces felony theft charge

DENVER - A Denver towing company owner was charged Thursday in a scheme to steal money from customers.

Ostell Shawn Miles, 42, was formally charged with one count of felony theft, with seven victims named.

The charge alleges Miles used his business -- 24-hour Automotive -- at 690 S. Broadway, to steal money from customers through a variety of means that included charging for repairs that weren't done and holding or keeping cars without authorization, according to the district attorney's office.

The affidavit states that Denver police had 18 complaints in less than two months about Mile, a former NFL running back from Denver, who played two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Christopher Bastian said it happened to him.  He filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau after Miles quoted him a $360 price for a new fuel pump, but charged him nearly $900.

"He held my car hostage. They said, 'Pay up or we won't give it back,'" said Bastian.

He wasn't named in the affidavit, but said he plans to add his name to the list of victims.

Miles remains jail under a $20,000 bond, according to the district attorney's office. His first advisement is set for 10 a.m. on Friday.

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