VISTA, Calif. -- Three men accused of breaking into the Oceanside home of 2002 Olympic skeleton champion Tristan Gale Geisler and stealing her gold medal and other valuables pleaded not guilty today to burglary and receiving stolen property.

Seeing the suspects for the first time since they ransacked her Oceanside home,  Geisler said she feels sorry for them.

"They were scary to see up close in person, whether it be in handcuffs or not," said Geisler, who sat in court during their arraignment in Vista. "It's impossible for me not to feel bad for them. I see them as young kids, making bad choices."

The three men accused of breaking into the Oceanside home of the 2002 Olympic skeleton champion, and stealing her gold medal and other valuables pleaded not guilty on Thursday to burglary and receiving stolen property.

Mauro Gonzalez, 24, Emilio Valencia, 21, and David Isaac Villa, also 21, were ordered held on $250,000 bail each.

Authorities accuse the trio of targeting Geisler's home twice, but also for a "three-man crime spree" that lasted a month in Oceanside.

"They broke into three separate residences," said Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior. "They targeted one of the residences twice, and they wore gloves, and served as lookouts for each other."

Prior said it was Geisler's home that was targeted by the burglars twice. Once, on January 15th, while Geisler was at home, and the other time on January 26th while she was walking her dog for about 45 minutes.

Authorities say a residence on the 2200 block of Crestline Drive, and another home on the 1600 block of Hunsaker St., both in Oceanside, were also targeted. Other items stolen from the residences included televisions, laptops, and video games.

"And they did it in broad daylight, these houses were locked. And people would come home and find that screens were broken," said Prior.

Prosecutors also said that two of the suspects have open investigations on a shoplifting case at a local Walmart back in December. Judge Marshall Hockett also setting bail in those cases at $25,000.

In the meantime, Geisler credits neighbors for noticing suspicious activity. One even wrote down a license number, leading to the arrests of the defendants, the prosecutor said.

"A big thank you to my neighbors because that's what it took. This whole neighborhood watch really paid off in this case," said Geisler.

Geisler's gold medal -- which she won in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in the sport of skeleton was recovered this week, along with her Olympic ring, a computer hard drive containing family photos and other items, authorities said.

Geisler said it's unclear when she'll get her medal back, but she hopes it's soon.

"My anniversary date in winning it is February 20th. So we'll see if I get it to when I earned it the first time," she said.

All three defendants face up to 11 years and four months in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for all three defendants on February 17th.