DENVER — The police activity in late January stopped business on South Broadway as people grabbed their cellphones to record the raid. It turns out one of those arrested was a former NFL player.
Police took several people into custody. One of those arrested, former Cincinnati football star Ostell Miles.
It was a long investigation that started with a woman’s car breaking down on New Year’s Eve along the interstate.
She found 24-Hour Towing on her phone and they charged her $65 to tow her car. A week later no one would return her calls or tell her where her car was and so she called police.
Police pulled complaints on 24-Hour Towing which had a business address on south Broadway.
What they found shocked even them. Eighteen different people needed help, and not all of them for unlawful towing.
“He said we`ll bring it in and do a free diagnostic. We’ll fix it for less than anyone else can,” said Jeff Griebel. He says Miles promised him a truck repair. It never happened.
“He said he was supposed to fix my truck within a few days. That turned into a few weeks. That turned into a few months.”
What is most alarming is that the victims used a simple Google Internet search which led them to Denver roadside towing.
“It was the second hit on my search and if you look at the pictures on the website it has nothing to do with the way the shop looked when I actually got there,” Greibel said.
Miles has been charged with one count of felony theft.