ST. LOUIS – A group of armed robbers stole medication and money from a St. Louis veterinary clinic Tuesday evening.

The robbery happened just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City Paws clinic at 2200 South Vandeventer Avenue.

Investigators say that employees were closing down the business for the night when at least four men entered the store with weapons. The group held employees at gunpoint, forced them to the back of the store, and demanded to open a locker.

Capt. Michael Mueller for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the suspects,”… demanded the ketamine and other controlled substances once they got that, took the narcotics as well currency from the cash register and fled the area.”

The suspects took off in a maroon SUV with an undisclosed amount of medication and cash. The suspects all wore masks and dark clothing and are believed to be in their late teenage years or early 20s.

No injuries were reported in the robbery. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is handling the investigation.

A spokesperson from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the following statement:

“Veterinarians, similar to other medical practitioners, can apply to be Drug Enforcement Administration registrants and obtain authority to handle controlled substances, such as ketamine, a Scheduled III level drug. If the controlled substances are diverted in any manner, including internal thefts, burglaries, or robberies, registrants are required to report these incidents to DEA. DEA will then work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to coordinate investigative resources. DEA encourages registrants to maintain limited inventories of controlled substances and remain vigilant for the safety and security of its staff and clients.”