Informer Asks $150,000 Under New Law
Francisco police once were warned of "a contract to kill" Robert
K. Worthington, a Marin and Sonoma contractor who foiled an elaborate
plot to peel the safe in Sally Stanfords town house here
just a year ago.
was made public today in a letter written by Deputy Police Chief
Al Nelder. The letter was filed in Sacramento with a $150,000
claim made by Worthington under a law adopted last fall providing
for compensation for losses incurred by private citizens who help
wants $100,000 damages for loss of house building contracts. He
claims he lost the business because he couldnt get anyone
to bond him as his life was threatened before and after the trial
of five men arrested when Miss Stanfords Pacific Heights
mansion was being burglarized.
he is asking $50,000 damages for the emotional strain of having
to hide his family and having a police guard around the clock
for periods both before and after the trial.
letter filed with the claim said in part: Worthington was kept
under "loose surveillance" between the time of the burglary and
the trial which resulted last October in four convictions, including
the 24 hour guard was taken off after the conviction and sentencing
of the defendants, and a few days later we received information
that there was a plot to kill him.
immediately restored the guard on Worthington and kept it on until
we were reasonably sure this plot would not be carried out.
Worthingtons full cooperation it would have been difficult
to convict this gang and put an end to their criminal exploits."
revealed today that his tip about the "contract to kill" came
from a reputable lawyer, who got it from one of his clients. And
the client was someone that the police could believe.
round the clock guard on Worthington has been removed, but Worthington,
who has moved to Sonoma County [Sally Stanfords ranch] must
report to the police department here regularly. If he fails to
report police make an immediate check on his whereabouts.
"hobby" for some years has been to assist police in cracking difficult
cases. Through him more than one big burglary has been cracked
and his help has resulted in convictions, including that of policemen.