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Seattle ferry theft raises security questions; suspect held on suspicion of multiple charges

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    A police vessel moves hastily towards the waterfront, away from the Victoria Clipper which has been adrift in Elliot Bay since this morning, in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMESThe Associated Press

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    A police officer escorst an apprehended suspect, wearing a white cloth on his head, who allegedly commandeered the Victoria Clipper after it was found adrift in Elliot Bay in Seattle, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Marcus Yam) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMESThe Associated Press

A man accused of taking a commercial ferry from the Seattle waterfront is due in court Monday afternoon.

A spokesman for the King County prosecutor's office, Dan Donohoe, says they'll ask for high bail to hold Samuel Kenneth McDonough in jail.

The 33-year-old Preston man was booked Sunday for investigation of burglary, reckless endangerment and malicious mischief. He was arrested by a SWAT team that boarded a Victoria Clipper that had drifted for nearly seven hours in Elliott Bay.

Clipper Vacations CEO Darrell Bryan says barbed wire has already been strung over a fence the intruder apparently climbed. And he says the company also is talking with the Coast Guard and a maritime consultant to review its security and block any other would-be pirates.

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