(UK Und.) a thief who crawls over house-tops and breaks in through garret windows.
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 141: garreter a thief who crawls over the tops of houses, and enters garret-windows.|
|Australiasian (Melbourne) 17 July 8/5: A man who gets over roofs or in at windows is called a garreter and a dancer.|
|Police! 260: About 40 were burglars, ‘dancers,’ ‘garreters,’ and others adept with the skeleton keys.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues III 120/2: Garreteer subs. (thieves’) A thief whose speciality is to rob houses by entering sky-lights or garret-windows.|