PROVO — An employee at a Provo business described a 6-foot-tall, gun-wielding, cash-demanding robber in detail to Provo police detectives Wednesday morning.

The robber, who the employee said headed east with a bag of cash, was actually in her head all along, police said.

Police rushed to USA Cash Service, at 315 S. 600 East, and searched the area looking for a man who allegedly took $4,500 from the business, officials said.

Officers took the employee to Provo's police station for further questioning; there, she turned from witness to suspect.

"What it turned out to be is we got a confession from (the employee) to staging the whole thing so she could take the money," said Provo detective Joe Otte.

The woman returned all $4,500 and "got things worked out with her employer," Otte said.

Police arrested the woman, and will soon turn her case over to the Utah County Attorney's Office in the investigation of a false police report and a felony. She was not booked into jail.

Due to an ongoing investigation police would not say how old the woman was and why she might have taken the money.