Green’s Dictionary of Slang

claim v.

1. to steal.

[UK] ‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 501: I piped three or four pair of daisy roots. So I claimed (stole) them and took the lid off my kipsy and put them inside.
[Aus]Morn. Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) 16 Aug. 3/3: I claimed two wedge spoons, and was just going up the dancers when a slavey piped the spoons sticking out of my skyrocket and I got smugged.
[UK]A. Morrison Child of the Jago (1982) 59: Claimed it auf a ol’ bloke w’en ’e was drinkin’ ’is tea.
[UK]A. Wheatle Dirty South 55: When he was still I claimed his mobile and his wallet.

2. (UK Und.) to arrest; thus claimed, under arrest.

[UK]M. Davitt Leaves from a Prison Diary I 152: I [...] boned the clock, which was a red one, but I was spotted by a copper who claimed me.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 17: Up comes the bastard and claims me. Loitering with intent to commit a felony.
[UK]P. Beveridge Inside the C.I.D. 199: Claim Arrest.
[UK] ‘Metropolitan Police Sl.’ in P. Laurie Scotland Yard (1972) 321: claim, to: to arrest.
[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 139: ‘Why don’t we go for a killing on this one ?’ he suggested. The DCS was listening. [...] I figure we might be able to claim a few more of those involved.

3. (US black gang, also claim the ’hood) to claim membership in a gang.

[US]L. Bing Do or Die (1992) 56: These kids ain’t been courted in yet, even, but they claim the ’hood. [Ibid.] 65: You don’t wanna ’bang, you shouldn’t ’bang, man. You don’t have to claim.
[US]K. Scott Monster (1994) 150: You know cuz claimin’ Main Street now.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 83: It would good to see some old friends, kids I knew in elementary school before I claimed Crip.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 53: She ‘claimed [Folks, a gang] because that’s what my brother was so I wanted to be like that too’.

4. to choose a victim.

[Ire]G. Coughlan Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] Claim (v): if you claim somebody you are picking a fight. You are claimed!
[UK]I. Welsh Glue 87: — That radge is fuckin claimed, Dozo says. Gentleman nods.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

claiming bread (n.)

(US black) the money given by a prostitute, to initiate and cement her relationship with a new pimp.

[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 81: She gave me claiming bread and freaked off in my bed.