A Philadelphia woman, longing for her independence, has had it stolen away thanks to thieves who ran off the with the device that lets her get around - just one day after she got it.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig has the story:

Surveillance video shows two women - one pushing a stroller with a child inside - walking up, then walking away with Edith Steele's walker.  The 85-year-old grandmother has scoliosis and recently had her hip replaced.  She had waited weeks for the walker, which arrived on Tuesday.

(Steele) "It makes you a human being.  Otherwise, you're just a vegetable."

Just a day later, it was gone.

(Steele) "If you have to depend on other people just walking, you give up.  You really don't want to go on."

Cops are investigating, but Steele worries most about one particular witness: the one in the stroller.

(Steele) "They're going to be teaching the next generation to steal."

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.

WATCH the surveillance video of the theft HERE: