Bill For Sally Case
police foil a burglary plot against Sally Stanford cost Marin
county builder Robert K. Worthington $150,000 according to a claim
filed with the State Board of Control yesterday.
in a petition presented by San Francisco attorney Lewis Yapp,
said he not only lost $100,000 in business but suffered physical
and emotional damage as results of threats and an attack on his
claim was filed under a law adopted by the Legislature last year
that provides compensation for losses incurred by private citizens
who assist and cooperate in the apprehension of a criminal.
Worthington said his contracting business went to pot because
of the time he spent helping police after officer Salvatore Polani
approached Worthington with a plan to burglarize the Pacific Heights
mansion of Miss Stanford, former nightlife figure and Sausalito
and three ex-convicts were sent to prison after a trial at which
Worthington was a key witness. His testimony was backed up by
recordings obtained during the time he was pretending with
police approval to go along with the burglary plot.
weeks before the trial, Worthington was ambushed in Lucas Valley
but suffered only a superficial arm wound.
"I had to move my wife and children to a hideout, and I never
knew when I stepped on the starter of my truck whether it was
wired to a bomb," said Worthington.
has become almost impossible for me to get financing for construction
jobs. One bondsman I had dealt with wouldnt do anymore business
with me because he was afraid I might become incapacitated.
was nine months between the first approach by Polani and the trial.
No businessman can shut his doors or have them shut
for nine months."
appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, March 1966