Two women have been arrested in connection with a theft at the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Yellowknife.

Police say an investigation began when the Legion filed a complaint regarding missing funds and alcohol.

It’s alleged that the two women, employees at the Legion at the time, were responsible for stealing in excess of $60,000 over a six-month period.

Lloyd Lush, president of the Yellowknife Legion, told Moose FM: “I keep an eye on our bank account and I asked our bookkeeper to make a little audit.

“We went to view our video tapes and I saw there were grounds for the RCMP to be called. The RCMP were very efficient and precise with their investigation.”

Police arrested Mary Charles, 42, and Hellen Leaman, 49, in Yellowknife last Friday.

In a Facebook comment on Tuesday, beneath a post which has since been deleted, Leaman appeared to suggest the allegation was “not true”.

However, when Moose FM contacted Leaman by phone, she would not comment on the allegation against her.

Both women have been charged with theft over $5,000 and are scheduled to appear in Yellowknife Territorial Court on March 3.

Lush added: “We’re a non-profit organization, we donate a lot of money to the community and it was devastating that it happened to us.

“But we’re financially stable at this time and I’m glad we caught it early. It could be a lot worse.”