A man suspected in a series of California jewelry store robberies may be hiding out in the Rogue Valley, police said.

A man suspected in a series of California jewelry store robberies may be hiding out in the Rogue Valley, police said.

Jeffrey Dean Galleher, 40, of Las Vegas, has family members in Central Point and Rogue River who might be helping him evade police, Jackson County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan said Friday.

"This is a bad guy who we don't want in our county," Fagan said.

Galleher made national news as the primary suspect in a string of jewelry store armed robberies across Southern California. He is wanted in connection with a jewelry store robbery in Palm Desert, Calif., and three robberies in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Video surveillance showed a man who matched Galleher's description pulling a handgun on an 83-year-old clerk. During the holdup, the robber reportedly took her wedding ring and $70,000 worth of jewelry.

Galleher is described as just under 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds, with a muscular build. He has short, brown hair and hazel eyes. His last known vehicle was a white 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, with California license plate 5YFF280.

Sheriff's detectives from Riverside County, Calif., contacted local law enforcement officers this week after learning Galleher might have traveled here to visit his family, Fagan said.

"Of course, if you see Mr. Galleher, do not approach him because we consider him armed and dangerous," Fagan said. "Call 9-1-1 immediately."

Fagan noted that fugitives usually don't commit crimes in areas where their family members live.

"We don't have any outstanding crimes matching Galleher's (style)," Fagan said.

California authorities have issued warrants for Galleher's arrest on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.

Anyone who has seen Galleher, or has information on his whereabouts, should contact Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 800-3-DETECT (800-333-8328). Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any other unsolved criminal activity. Callers can remain anonymous. The reward is sponsored by Sonitrol of Eugene.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or cconrad@mailtribune.com.