The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Amber Benz, 18, was working June 22 at Jim's Bar-B-Que in Reddick when a man called the restaurant and claimed to be owner Thor Wishart, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Friday.
The hoax caller told Benz a man would be coming into the store and handing her a key. He said Benz was then to hand the cash over to the man.
Benz told police the man walked into the eatery while she was still on the phone and she did as the caller instructed. She later discovered the caller was not the real owner when Wishart's wife came in and learned of the incident.
Police released surveillance images Thursday of the man who took the money and his female accomplice.
The man was described as having a "thin build, with light-colored hair" and wearing a "black hat, dark shirt and dark shorts; and he has a pierced elbow."