ADAMS -- Eight Crotteau Street residents surprised some at Town Hall this week by demanding police attention at a rental home on their street.

During a citizen's conference at Wednesday's Selectmen's meeting one by one they brought complaints against the tenants, alleging various crimes ranging from vandalism to selling narcotics.

The occupants, residents claimed, also included "two homeless kids living in the attic."

Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa said "some of these complaints are legitimate," but said he couldn't elaborate as to which alleged crimes may have taken place.

He told The Eagle after the meeting that police officers have responded to the home several times.

"I've seen some [drug] investigations that can [require] as little as three months," Tarsa said. "Some take five years plus. It's not like it is on TV. It's a painstaking process."

Some residents of the street said their homes and properties have been broken into or vandalized, something that has gone on for years.

Tarsa told the street's residents they could meet with him at the police department.

Others among the residents noted evident drug issues in town. They said -- and Tarsa corroborated -- that used hypodermic needles have been found at places such as the Greylock Glen and C.T. Plunkett Elementary School's playground Wacky World.

Tarsa said patrols were recently "beefed up" at both locations and it has had a positive effect.

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