GALVESTON, Texas -

In two days, thieves stole two cars from lifeguards working to keep the beaches of Galveston Island safe.

In both cases, the lifeguards left their guard towers to do their jobs in the water. That was when someone went into their towers, stole their keys, got in their cars and took off.

The cars were parked along the seawall, near their watch towers.

"I saw two people standing around my tower. One person was in it. I came back and realized that my keys were gone," Lifeguard Haley Crummett said. "I called on the radio. And as I looked back, I saw somebody get into my car and drive off with it."

The same thing happened to lifeguard Molly Mihovil.

"Thought maybe I parked it somewhere else. I looked down at my bag. Noticed my keys were gone," Mihovil said.

Chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol Peter Davis said the thefts are unusual.

"I've been here almost three decades and this is the first time we've had lifeguard's cars stolen," Davis said.

Galveston Police quickly recovered both cars.

"The lesson for everyone here is you have to be vigilant and you have to protect yourself and try to keep your property where someone can watch it," Chief Henry Porretto said.