Police: Man demanding cash ransacks sets fire to Madison cash advance store
MADISON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Subway police have arrested a man on multiple charges after he broke into a cash advance store in Madison, demanding money and making threats before destroying the store. place and attempt to set it on fire.
Officers were called to One Main Financial on the 1500 block of Gallatin Pike North on Thursday morning. The store manager and employees told investigators that Levi Nesmith III, 50, who is a customer, walked into the office and asked them for money. He said if he didn’t get it, “they wouldn’t like what was going to happen”, and he left.
Employees reportedly locked the door to the business, but Nesmith returned with a two-by-four piece of lumber and a gallon-sized gas can. Nesmith reportedly poured gasoline around the front door and started rummaging in his pocket as if looking for a lighter.
Nesmith then allegedly used the two-by-four piece of lumber to smash the glass in the front door to the office and walked inside. The employees then left the office through the back door.
When officers arrived on the scene, Nesmith was sitting in a chair in the office. Printers and computers in the office were destroyed and the rest of the office ransacked. A small fire had been started in the supply room.
When officers told Nesmith he was under arrest, Nesmith refused to turn around and put his hands behind his back and instead raised his hand acting like he was going to fight. Nesmith attempted to flee from investigators and a Taser was deployed to arrest him.
Nesmith is charged with attempted aggravated arson, criminal vandalism and burglary. He is currently incarcerated at the Metro Jail.