Did anyone see the e-mail going around called Dallas copper thieves? That shows you what happens when you try to steal HV wires while they were on.
Yep I got that email..it was extremely graphic but proved the point of how dangerous the theft practice is.
As for what the OP posted..heads would roll if our local POCO tried that stunt. Our county code enforcement officials are ruthless here.
There was absolutely no excuse for the half-butt work shown in those pics.