Police: man demands money looting, sets Madison’s cash advance store on fire

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MADISON, Tennessee (WKRN) – Metro police have arrested a man on multiple counts after breaking into a cash advance store in Madison, demanding money and uttering threats before destroy the place and try to set it on fire.

Agents were called to One Main Financial on the 1500 block of Gallatin Pike North Thursday morning. The store manager and employees told investigators Levi Nesmith III, a 50-year-old customer, entered the office and asked them for money. He said if he hadn’t figured it out, “they wouldn’t like what was going to happen”, and he left.

Employees reportedly locked the company door, but Nesmith returned with a two-by-four piece of wood and a gallon-sized gas canister. Nesmith allegedly 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 wood to smash the glass on the front door of the office and walked inside. The employees then left the office through the back door.

When police arrived at the scene, Nesmith was sitting on a chair in the office. The printers and computers in the office were destroyed and the rest of the office was ransacked. A small fire had been lit 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 like he was going to fight. Nesmith attempted to flee from investigators and a Taser was deployed to stop him.

Nesmith is charged with attempted arson, vandalism and burglary. He is currently incarcerated at Metro Jail.


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