If the folks at the Denver District Attorney's Office are right, Ostell Miles is a schmuck -- a schmuck who used to play in the National Football League.
Miles, a onetime running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, is among three people accused of responding to at least ten people whose cars had broken down not by towing their rides to a repair shop, but by stealing them. Photos, video and details below.
Here's a look at Miles's rookie card for the Bengals (he's seen on the lower right):
And here's the back of the card (on the lower left), which shares info about his college career at Houston prior to going pro:
In the end, Miles only played two years for the Bengals, and his stat line at NFL.com (which notes that he was born in Denver) explains why. During the 1992 and 1993 seasons, he ran thirty times for a mere 78 yards: Given such a lack of production, Miles clearly needed another line of work -- and he found one. According to 7News, he boasts a thirteen-page rap sheet that includes offenses such as theft and forgery.
And odds are good he'll be adding to it.
An indictment on view below maintains that Miles and associates John Ecoffey and Alyssa Lamb, who also face charges, did business under several names, including 24 Hour Towing, ASAP Towing, Denver Towing, Pro-Tech Automotive, Lamb Enterprises and Poundstone Towing.
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At this writing, a website for Poundstone Towing remains online, and it certainly looks professional, as exemplified by this image from the home page:
However, the actions described in the indictment regarding a woman named Jordan Gilmore don't exactly fit within the guidelines of the Better Business Bureau.
On November 13, the document says, Gilmore was driving her 2012 Toyota Scion on Dartmouth Avenue near South Jamaica Street in Aurora when the vehicle stalled.
She responded by checking for a towing company online and stumbled upon 24 Hour Towing. A short time after she phoned, a man later identified as Miles showed up -- although he referred to himself as "Shawn." He promptly hooked up the Scion and towed it away.
A couple of hours later, Gilmore called 24 Hour Towing to find out where the car had been taken, and the person on the other end of the line gave her an address of 472 Laredo Street. She subsequently discovered that several repair shops were located there, including R&H Automotive Repair -- but none of them had her car.
Days later, on November 17, the indictment says Miles called Gilmore and offered to bring her any items from the Scion that she needed -- but he wouldn't tell her where to find the car.
On the 18th, Gilmore finally reached her breaking point and reported the car stolen -- and before long, an Aurora police officer found it in a no parking zone on the 400 block of Laredo. He was having it towed when Lamb allegedly approached him and said she was employed by R&H Automotive Repair, which was fixing it. But when the cops checked with R&H's owner, he told them Lamb didn't work for him. Her boss was Miles.
The document tells plenty of other stories like this one, with the cars involved totaling an estimated $169,000. But Miles and company could wind up paying an even higher price. After a Denver grand jury heard the evidence against him, Miles was accused of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and 38 other crimes, including aggravated motor vehicle theft and identity theft. Ecoffey and Lamb face multiple charges, too -- aggravated motor vehicle theft among them.
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Look below to see booking photos of Lamb, Ecoffey and Miles, followed by a 7News report and the indictment.