Locals fear a burnt-out Dundee market building has become an “easy target” for criminals.
Four teenagers have been charged over a blaze that destroyed the Hilltown Indoor Market last month.
The teens, aged 13, 15, 16 and 19, were charged after former market workers claimed the burnt-out structure had attracted intruders.
Five police units were seen on and around Main Street and Isla Street on Tuesday afternoon following reports of two men with rucksacks and a torch being spotted trying to enter the premises illegally.
One eyewitness said two volunteers, believed to be from the Tayside Furniture Re-use Network, had given chase.
Police were contacted after one of the intruders was said to have brandished a pole at his pursuer, before jumping a wall and fleeing.
Gary Gallacher, 45, a volunteer with Tayside Furniture Re-use Network, said the site owners had done their best to secure the building in the meantime.
He added: “However, given its condition, they can’t guarantee 100% security from intruders.”
It was revealed last month that the building is likely be demolished.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are appealing for information after two men were seen at the Hilltown Market on Tuesday.
“It is understood they may have been attempting to break-in. They made off in the direction of Isla Street.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.”
Two boys aged 13 and 15 will be reported to the Children’s Reporter and the procurator fiscal over the fire.
While reports will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in respect of the 16 and 19-year-old males.