Green’s Dictionary of Slang

crack n.4

[the burglar ‘cracks open’ his target]

1. [mid-18C–mid-19C] a burglar.

2. [late 18C–19C] a burglary, a break-in.

In compounds

crack lay (n.) [lay n.3 (1)]

[late 18C–19C] (UK Und.) house-breaking.

In phrases

do a crack (v.)

[mid-19C–1940s] to commit a burglary.

(go) on the crack

[late 18C–1930s] (to go) out burgling.