There are lots of references to the claim that people have stolen power through inductive coupling on the Internet:
The most common claim it that it was a farmer somewhere that noticed electricity induced by the high voltage power lines nearby through wires in his barn or his barbed wire fence and he expanded on the idea to build a coil to power his barn and/or his house and that's when he was caught.
i have heard a story that a farmer that had a barn under some high power lines and was able to steal electricity by having an induction coil under the roof. He was caught when the electric company noticed the drain in power. [Source]
I know a power line engineer - he says it gets done every so often - but if it's enough to light say, a full barn, the power company can usually measure the loses, and they start looking - he actually sent a link to an article where someone was arrested for theft. [Source]
In another case, an engineer living at a military base in England lived in a house near a radar installation. He installed induction coils in his attic that generated electricity from the radar beam. Controllers in the radar facility noticed a strange shadow on their screens and he was caught. Source
But none of the references I've seen have given enough specific details to verify the story, so it sounds like an urban legend that has no basis in fact.
Has anyone ever been arrested or otherwise caught by the power company by stealing power through inductive coupling through a coil of wire or long wire running parallel to the power lines? (Note that I'm not talking about physically tapping into power lines to steal power, just inductive coupling that does not touch the power lines or electrical towers).
It does seem to be theoretically possible to access some small amount of power from high voltage lines, even while some distance away from the power lines, but has anyone actually stolen enough power this way to get detected by the power company and/or arrested?
Does anyone know of a documented case where power was stolen in this way and the thief was caught?