Green’s Dictionary of Slang

clout v.2

also clout on
[backform. f. clouter n.1 (1)/clout n.1 (1) in the context of handkerchiefs being stolen by 18C pickpockets]

1. (US/Aus.) to steal; to rob; thus clouted adj., stolen.

[US]Jackson & Hellyer Vocab. Criminal Sl. 24: clout [...] In currency amongst the plunderbund. To purloin any kind of valuables in any manner.
[US]R.J. Tasker Grimhaven 32: What I’m going to do is [...] clout a five-ton Mack truck.
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
Press (Canterbury) 2 Apr. 18: ‘To clout,’ ‘to pole,’ ‘to fend off’ are to steal.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Death Ends the Scene’ Hollywood Detective May 🌐 You mean maybe somebody’s in there clouting the joint?”.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 53: clouting Stealing from stores and houses at night.
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 9: If the reader is too curious he can run out and clout himself a car and get himself some time.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 794: clout – To steal.
[Aus]J. O’Grady Aussie Eng. (1966) 28: You shouldn’t ‘clout on’ anything that doesn’t belong to you. That’s stealing.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 294: I picked up the clouted heap The Man had arranged.
[US]G.V. Higgins Digger’s Game (1981) 28: I clouted a car when I was a kid.
[US]J. Ellroy Suicide Hill 170: [H]e had paid for most of his Stanford tuition by clouting Chevys.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 228: Some shitbird clouted the Hollywood Federal [...] four days ago.
[US](con. 1960s) J. Ellroy Blood’s a Rover 25: They’re clouting steak houses, they’re robbing cash receipts.

2. (US Und.) to arrest.

[US]E. Booth Stealing Through Life 193: Say! why didn’t you send word to Dan or me after you was clouted in that house prowl?
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks.

3. (Aus.) to cheat by palming a card or cards.

[Aus]Baker Aus. Speaks.

4. to search.

[US]E. Gilbert Vice Trap 80: ‘They must be clouting Magallanes’ Dodge.’ ‘They’ll turn a spike outfit in it.’.