Joseph Robert Chybinski

Joseph Robert Chybinski, 21, appears via video Wednesday in Gallatin County Justice Court. 

Bail was set at $2,500 Wednesday for a Bozeman man accused of breaking into a contentious, unfinished five-story apartment building while drunk, operating a forklift inside and peeing in an upstairs unit.

Joseph Robert Chybinski, 21, is charged with felony burglary after a break-in at the Black-Olive construction site on Olive Street. Chybinski appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Rick West.

Last Friday morning, Robert Penny, construction superintendent, flagged a Bozeman officer down, according to charging documents. Penny said he found Chybinski’s U.S. passport inside the construction site, and video showed two people inside the building.

Penny said he thought the woman sprayed the fire extinguisher at Chybinski because video showed him leaving the site with white residue on his back, police wrote.

Officers said the video showed Chybinski and Gabrielle Sineni break into the building around 2:30 a.m., Friday. It showed Chybinski driving a forklift while Sineni jumps on its fork, and the two swaying, staggering and dancing inside the building.

On Tuesday, Chybinski went to the Law and Justice Center to speak with officers. He was wearing a black wristband on one arm and a metallic wristband on the other — similar to what he was wearing in the video.

Chybinski said he “blacked out” and didn’t remember much aside from going downtown with Sineni and her sister, crashing his bike on the way home and waking up at his house later that day. He denied breaking into the construction site.

Sineni, who was in Denver, said she and Chybinski might have crawled over the security fence to get into the construction site. She said they “made out” after going upstairs in the building, but couldn’t remember whether they used a forklift while inside the building. Sineni has not yet been charged in the case.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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