Updated: March 3, 2013 6:09AM
EAST CHICAGO — The city’s jail has been given a clean bill of health after a bedbug scare that saw the city Police Department reroute prisoners to the Lake County Jail.
Police Chief Mark Becker said his office received a report the morning of Jan. 26 from the city’s Health Department stating it received a call from an officer who found a dead bedbug in his uniform. The Health Department sent over a team within the hour to inspect the jail for further infestation.
The jail was found to be clean, and work resumed as normal later in the day.
“Sterile jail environments aren’t really conducive to bedbugs,” Becker said. “Still, we wanted to make sure we’re safeguarding both our officers and inmates, and there was nothing there.”
As from where the officer may have picked up the dead parasitic insect, Becker didn’t want to speculate because there’s no way of telling. He did acknowledge the department receives reports indicating where there are bedbug infestations.
The department in January received a list — obtained by the Post-Tribune — of unit numbers in the Harborside Apartment complex, at Guthrie and Alder Streets, indicating which apartments were infested. In all, 75 units were listed.
A representative from Harborside Apartments didn’t return calls for comment.