This type of incident attracts attention, as does the increase of having underground cables stolen. About two miles from where I live, this as happened on a number of occasions. Happened earlier this week, and it disrupted services for most of the week.
I know this as nothing to do with the Severn Trent mole, but when cables are replaced in our area, they now undergo a 'smart water' exercise, with notices nearby, informing people that this as happened. The same applies to power cables and sub-stations!.
Modern living and a fast buck?.