Green’s Dictionary of Slang

trick n.2

1. (UK/US Und.) a crime, esp. a robbery or theft; thus pull a trick, turn a trick v.1

[UK]J. Thurmond Harlequin Sheppard 9: He became so harden’d at last, that he wou’d walk about Drury-Lane [...] and discourse openly of his Tricks, as he call’d ’em.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c 327: It was not a great while after, before Tom Kelsey was detected in some little pilfering Tricks, and turned out of Doors.
[UK]T. Gray Candidate 2: His lying, and filching, and Newgate-bird tricks.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 9/2: As it was, he was obliged to depend upon a ‘trick’ or two on market days.
[US]Sun (NY) 13 May 14/6: I settled that mug for another trick once, and I think I can shake him down now.
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 168: Let a trick come off on th’ street cars, or at th’ theater, or in the dark, or let a crib get cracked, an’ there’ll be trouble.
[US]G. Bronson-Howard Enemy to Society 146: Well, that’s my next trick [...] so get to work George, and try to give me a working knowledge of the inside of the Janissary house.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 64: An officer rounded the corner just as they ‘pulled the trick.’.
[US]A. Feldman ‘The Squeal Widow’ in Gun Molls Oct. [Internet] At the wheel of an automobile stolen within the hour for use in what he had been assured would be a fast trick [etc.].
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Prison Parlance’ in AS IX:1 28: trick. A crime.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 166/1: Pull a trick. 1. To commit a crime for gain. [Ibid.] 226/2: Trick. 1. A specific crime, as a robbery, burglary, or the like.
[US]‘Red’ Rudensky Gonif 7: By the time of the trick, Dago knew the location of every alarm, every fuse box [...] in the entire block.

2. (UK Und.) any article stolen by a pickpocket.

[US]Matsell Vocabulum 92: Tricks Anything stolen from a person at one time by pickpockets.