A Southwest Washington man was arrested early yesterday and charged with burglary after police linked a high school class ring pawned in the District of Columbia to a Fairfax County burglary, police said.

Francis H. McFadden, 28, of 3944 1st St. SW, was arrested around dawn yesterday by 2nd District police at a house on Seaton Place NW. McFadden was charged with burglary in connection with eight break-ins committed in Fairfax, the District of Columbia and Loudoun County since January.

Police said McFadden pawned the ring last week at one of the six pawn shops in D.C. When the shop reported the ring pawned -- as is required by D.C. law -- police traced the ring to the school in southern Virginia and then to its owner in Fairfax County. The ring was among $30,000 in valuables allegedly taken in a February burglary, police said.

Police raided McFadden's home Saturday and said they found paintings, silverware and electronic equipment believed to have been taken in the burglaries. Police said they also found a Persian rug valued at $5,000 that was being used as a bath mat. The rug, too, had been traced to a burglary, police said.

Three other persons still are being sought in connection with the burglaries, police said.

Police said the burglaries were among numerous recent break-ins in which silver has been taken. The burglaries have occurred throughout the metropolitan Washington area, and have been spawned by skyrocketing world silver prices, according to police.