As for the silver lining, in the days after the incident, I received two messages, back to back, from two anonymous people. One asked me to read Matthew 24:43. The other taught me something I use everyday on this blog.
The other asked me if I had calculated the life lesson number of the date my home was burglarized. At the time, I did not know what a life lesson number was, but I've known ever since.
11/15/2014 = 11+15+(2+0+1+4) = 33 (Goodman) (Thieve)
I'm pretty sure the people who messaged me had something to do with the burglary.