This is my very first query/post. I was attempting to find out the history in American slang for using the word jack to mean theft. In a sentence it might be Someone jacked my bike last night. I had it locked up but when I got up it was gone.
Or I'm gonna jack that camera when they're not looking.
When I started my web search I had no idea what a can of worms I was opening. OED has two terms one dating back to 1841 I think was jacklight and the other was 1840 but neither had anything to do with theft.
I've tried many different iterations to complete a Google search and other search engines. It only seems to baffle to cyber world.